Bernhard Schumacher

Bernhard's Profile

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Academic qualifications

BSc. Hons, MA

Professional recognition / membership



0121 604 1000


After comprehensive craft training as a Chef and Patissier in my native country; Germany; I began a very successful career in the culinary world mainly working for over 15 years in high profile restaurants and 5 star hotels in Europe moving through the ranks from commis chef to kitchen manager. My passion for food, paired with a strong motivation to learn more and to gain more industry experience, brought me to live and work in England. My ambition always has been to become a teacher with the aim to pass on my culinary expertise and to inspire students to learn as much as they can.

After gaining valuable teaching experience in different catering colleges in the West Midlands and Warwickshire, I joined University College Birmingham in 2000. I am specialised in Culinary Arts Management (Undergraduate to master level). In addition, I enjoy teaching New Product Development, Culinary Artistry and Contemporary Patisserie.

‘Never stop learning’


Culinary Artistry & Contemporary Principles, Culinary Product Innovation & Creativity, Classical Patisserie – The Modern Way, Kitchen Management Techniques

Research interests and scholarly activity

Culinary Research & Development, Culinary Science, Food Waste Reduction and Modern Kitchen Management, Creative Gastronomy

External engagements

Live Projects with Industry Partners, Culinary Competitions/Chef Training, External Examiner/Advisor

Other activities

BA Culinary Arts Management Final Year Tutor 

UG Dissertation Supervisor 

Work Placement Mentor  

Module Leader 

Birmingham College of Food

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