Target helps to deliver the UK’s first Chinese culinary arts qualification

Target designed this Asian cooking training kitchen at Crawley College.

Target Catering Equipment has designed a training kitchen for Crawley College which will host the UK’s first Chinese Culinary Arts (Luban) Diploma course.

Developed by PAM Education and Tianjin School of Commerce, the Chinese Culinary Arts (Luban) Level 3 Diploma has been created and approved by British Education qualification awarding body Qualifi. The initiative was devised as the UK’s Chinese restaurant industry is suffering from a severe shortage of skilled staff.

PAM Education and Tianjin School of Commerce approached Target Catering Equipment as a specialist commercial kitchen design consultant to prepare a training kitchen layout that would meet its exact needs and requirements, following multiple visits to various education providers which they felt were not equipped for Asian cuisine.

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Target, having previously worked with many Asian restaurants in the UK, and recently completing a complete kitchen design for a staff canteen in a large electrical component factory based in China, is said to have displayed the knowledge and services that were required to move the project forward to its next stage of implementation.

MD David Pedrette said: “Working within the foodservice industry for over 30 years, we regularly hear about the lack of skills and training available, specifically in the Asian sector. It is great that this is finally being recognised and something is being done about it as it plays a huge part within the entire foodservice industry.”

With Crawley College selected as the site dedicated to the course, Target designed the new training kitchen, which featured the latest induction wok ranges as requested by Tianjin School of Commerce.Designs approved, the dedicated kitchen was installed at the college and following an inspection by Tianjin School of Commerce Master Chefs, the facility was given the go-ahead to start offering the vocational skills training. The first course is due to start in September 2018.

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