I was lucky that my local university runs a PGCE that focusses on design and technology and more specifically food. I had thought about teaching in the past, however, wanted to gain some industry experience before going into the profession. After a career in cafes and restaurants, working in all positions from Commis to Head Chef, I thought that it was time to return to education and to help educate those students who want to go into catering as a profession, as it has given me a lot of real life examples to refer to in the classroom.
The University of Worcester, and its tutors, has helped support me through the PGCE, providing interesting and informative sessions looking into the various aspects of teaching. Subject sessions based around new things to try in the food classroom and professional sessions to help us understand what being a teacher is all about.