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Food Preparation and Cookery Level 2 (NVQ)

Who is the qualification for?

The NVQ in Food Preparation and Cookery Level 2 is for individuals whose Food Preparation and Cooking role require well developed behavioural competence, but whose scope for independent decision making and for bringing about change is limited. They are likely to be in roles where for example they:

  • Prepare and cook a wide selection of dishes according to recipes
  • Use a variety of utensils and equipment including ovens, broilers, grills and grinders
  • Produce baked goods – breads, cookies, pastries, cakes and rolls
  • Estimate food requirements, plan menus, ensure food quality and order food supplies

Relevant occupations include:

  • 1st Commis Cook
  • 1 Demi Chef
  • Cook

This list is not exhaustive and only serves to illustrate the breadth of the qualification.


How the qualification is structured:

To achieve the full qualification, candidates must complete Twelve (12) units in total made up of five (5) Mandatory Units from Group A, plus Four (4) Optional Units from Group B and Three (3) Optional Units from Group C.

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