Rachel Okhifo

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Culinary Arts Management MA

I completed my degree in finance back in Nigeria and I did enjoy working in finance but my family who own a chain of restaurants in Lagos, asked me to help them with a new restaurant and that was it, I got the food and hospitality bug!

Knowing that the finance side is not enough, and I didn’t want anyone else running my restaurant, I discussed it with my family and I applied to UCB. The course ticked a lot of boxes because it’s not just about cooking food it’s about new product development, culinary artistry, quality and portion control, improving production and providing excellent customer service to retain your existing customers and attracting new customers.

When I return to Nigeria there is going to be a lot of changes. We need to enhance our menu to attract new and younger customers. Production in the kitchen needs to improve so that we can offer a varied menu and improve quality control. Front of house staff will attend training courses on improving service and presentation and learning to appreciate the value of our customers. 

I will be so sad to leave UCB, it has been a fantastic experience. The lecturers are very helpful and genuinely interested in your future success. They are always giving us advice as many have either run their own businesses or worked in some of the top restaurants and hotels.

I have also made some great friends. In my flat at the Maltings my flat mates were from all around the world – Russia, Germany, France, South Africa and England. We had such a good time.

Living in Birmingham is really affordable, unlike London and the people in Birmingham are really friendly.

My advice to anyone applying for this course would be to work really hard, put your heart and soul into it because that’s what you need to do if you are serious about this industry.

 

"The lecturers are very helpful and genuinely interested in your future success. They are always giving us advice as many have either run their own businesses or worked in some of the top restaurants and hotels."

Rachel Okhifo
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