You really, really need to prepare
Day one was less a relaxed introduction, more a refined interrogation into our current knowledge base. We were told that we should re-familiarise ourselves with the material from Level 2.
You can skip Level 2 if you have equivalent training or already know your stuff — like the chef — but trust me, you need some kind of starting point for this. I took the course late last year, but I was still a bit rusty.
The material you learn at Level 3 will go into more depth than Level 2, so it’s useful to have some kind of structured knowledge to work with before you get to the classroom.