A first for the UK, this degree merges the principles of human nutrition with clinical biology, culinary arts and lifestyle medicine. Available as a BSc (Hons) degree, FdSc foundation degree and top-up degree, the qualifications are quality assured by Middlesex University and students will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.
With the health of the nation always in the public eye (consider Michael Buerk’s recent highly controversial comments about obese people), it is vital to ensure that people who want to become chefs, as well as chefs already working in hotels and restaurants, have a mastery of nutrition and its effects on people’s health. As nutritionist Amanda Ursell, who worked with the college on the design of the course, said: “It’s crucial that chefs understand about nutrition, how it affects how we feel and our long-term health. You have to start with the chefs because they are the people creating and shaping menus – they have the health of so many in their hands.”
Gary Hunter, Deputy Principal of Westminster Kingsway College said: “The worlds of culinary practice and nutrition are changing. Advances in food manufacturing, increased co-working between food technologists and chefs, and growing demand for skilled nutritionists in the health and public sector, as well as the emergence of sectors such as the gut microbiome and the impact of lifestyle medicine on General Practice, are all demanding a new approach to culinary training, and we are delighted to be leading the way with this innovative new course for chefs.
“As well as working with Amanda Ursell on the programme, we have developed it in collaboration with a range of employers and industry professionals, including Restaurant Associates, Food+ by Compass, Google, Unilever, Reynolds Foods, Nestlé Professionaland Footprint.
Ben Creek, Director of Operations UK & Ireland, Food+ by Compass for Google
The programme leads to careers in a range of fields, including health food and commercial product development, supplements and healthy eating, sports nutrition, corporate wellness and public health.
It is suitable for those both with and without work experience, as developing employability skills and experience is a central theme. As well as preparing students for roles within organisations, it also provides the enterprise skills to start a business, enhancing career prospects with transferable and commercial skills in business development and product launching.
The programme provides the opportunity to examine the impact of nutrition on health and disease, as well as developing culinary arts skills. Students will:
Find out more about the new courses here – we have spaces available to start this September through Clearing – call 020 3429 7676 to apply.