Belfast Metropolitan College traditionally recruits learners from across Northern Ireland however, the patisserie courses they offer with ABC Awards qualifications are so popular, that students are now travelling from the South of Ireland to attend the college.
The ABC Awards students also produce a pop-up bakery shop weekly which is very popular with the whole college. This year, the learners on the ABC Awards Cake Decorating qualifications were entered into the International Food Exhibition (IFE) for the whole of Ireland which awarded a number of Certificates of Merit as well as Gold Silver and Bronze awards for Novelty Cakes, Bridal Bouquets and Floral Sugarcraft, to name a few.
Mark Magee, Lecturer in bakery and patisserie tells us that at various times of the year, the catering students fund raise, by producing timely goods (Mothers Day, Valentines, Easter etc.) to raise money to be able to take the ABC Awards students to the Alliance for Bakery Students & Trainees (ABST) Conference which is held over 2 days at Alton Towers.
Belfast Metropolitan College is an ABC Awards Showcase Centre for Patisserie and Cake Decorating.