Gateways Alumni

Over the past four years, we have seen many students successfully complete their Gateways courses to graduate off the programme and move into higher education or the workplace. 

Moshe Wakefield is one of our alumni students who completed the Gateways cooking academy back in 2015. Moshe went on to become a qualified chef and now aims to work in Israel with the dream of one day opening up his own restaurant. We sat down with Moshe to get his thoughts on his time at Gateways  and his plans for the future.


How did the cooking academy course  at Gateways help you?

My time on the cooking academy in Gateways helped me massively by gaining an understanding and knowledge in my passion, cooking. It helped me build up my confidence and gave me the belief that I could achieve my dream of becoming a chef.

What skills did you learn?

I learnt amazing patisserie skills, fantastic chocolate making and my essential knife skills. Learning from the great cooking teachers throughout my time on the programme, taught me basic cooking skills that I could practice and adapt at home.

What are your best memories from your time on the Gateways programme?

Without a doubt, it was the experience I got from running a food stand at the Gefiltefest food festival, where we were able to sell all the food  that we had made to the public. This was the first time I was able to see what a difference I could make to people from the food that I made.

How was your time working in your first job  as a chef?

Overall, I gained the most amazing experience at Zest, starting on an apprenticeship and then ending off as a chef de partie, running my own section.

What advice would you give anyone thinking about joining the cooking academy programme?

I would tell them to follow their dreams and if they have a passion for cooking, then to go for it.

What does the future hold for you?

The future for me is only up from here: I’m going to learn much more in different restaurants and catering companies, to one day be able to open  up my own catering company. Without Gateways,  I wouldn’t be a qualified chef with hope for the future. Thank you for everything you have done  for me.