Preparing for Level 2 Bakery and Pâtisserie
Recommended Reading Lists
- Food Centre Handbook
- Professional Patisserie: For Levels 2, 3 and Professional Chefs Paperback – 27 Sep 2013 by Neil Rippington (Author), Mick Burke (Author), Chris Barker (Author)
- Pastry: Savoury and Sweet Paperback – Illustrated, 7 May 2010 by Michel Roux (Author)
- The Cake Decorating Bible: Simple steps to creating beautiful cupcakes, biscuits, birthday cakes and more: The step-by-step guide from ITV’s ‘Beautiful Baking’ expert Juliet Sear Hardcover – 16 Aug 2012 by Juliet Sear (Author)
Research you can do
- Investigate opportunities for your work experience placement – remember to choose a placement in an area of your interest and accessibility!
- 4 x white chef jackets
- 2 x black chef trousers
- 4 x white aprons
- 1 x food grade safety shoes
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be worn during practical sessions in the Processing Halls and is to be purchased through the college supplier. Orders must be placed with payment at the beginning at August. The PPE is then delivered to Reaseheath ready for the new term to start. PPE purchased from other suppliers will not be authorised and will not be allowed to be used in practical lessons.
Lockers are provided and will be issued on induction. If a lock is misplaced, you will be charged £5 for a replacement.
All Personal Protective Equipment is laundered commercially by our suppliers; the cost is £70 per student payable via the college online shop.
Please note laundry must be paid before students commence their studies.
- 1 A4 lever arch file – for class work
- 2 loose-leaf folders (A4 size) – to be left at college for your portfolio
- 2 sets of 5 dividers
- Pocket calculator
- Pens, pencils, eraser, ruler, pencil sharpener
This year our bakery student ran a coffee morning to raise money for Douglas Macmillan. They also created Christmas treats to be sold at the Etsy Christmas Fair and Valented themed gifts to be sold to Reaseheath staff and students –
Samantha Copeland – Bakery and Patisserie Course Manager
What is your role at Reaseheath?
Teaching cake decorating.
What does your typical day consist of?
Teaching theory to levels 2, 3, 4 and soon to be 5, course management of level 2 & 3 bakery as well as supporting students with their coursework, liaising with maths and English to ensure that our students are attending and are in the right classes. IQA duties once a week too.
How long have you worked at Reaseheath?
11 years (started part time teaching evening cake decorating classes then full-time since July 2013).
Where did you work prior to Reaseheath College?
I had my own cake decorating business, Kingsgrove School, I have also been a School Catering Manager and have even run a pub!
Do you have any hobbies?
Cake decorating and reading as well as going to disabled roadshows and wheelchair training.
What is your favourite food?
Chilli & Rice.
Do you support a sports team, if so, who?
Stoke City, because my husband says I do…
Who is your favourite person from history and why?
Noah – Because he runs a tight ship. Belt and Braces just like me!
What music do you like?
70’s & 80’s pop and rock.
Do you have any pets?
An old pup, she is a Staffordshire cross called Sandy.
What is your favourite book or film?
Outlander both the amazon series and all the books in the saga! And my favourite place in the whole world is Disneyland!