Train as a chef. Develop your cooking techniques and explore different cuisines. Learn about food preparation, food safety and nutrition. Plan and cost a menu. Practise your skills in our training restaurant, cooking for paying customers. Learn and benefit from tutors who have worked internationally.

In addition to receiving the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4), graduates have the opportunity to gain internationally-recognised City & Guilds certificates.

Programme outline

Food Preparation and Cooking

Learn a range of cooking methods, including boiling, poaching, stewing, steaming, braising, frying, baking, roasting, grilling and sous-vide cooking. Gain an understanding of the nutritional value of food and learn to identify and promote healthy eating options.

Food Safety

Work with knives and utensils safely, and understand correct food preparation methods. Maintain effective personal hygiene when working with food, prevent cross contamination, and control hazards in a kitchen. Learn up to date industry standards around safe storage and care of food.

Food Preparation and Cooking including Global Cuisine

Prepare, cook and provide service in our training restaurants. Learn basic pastry techniques to produce a range of desserts, sweet slices and sauces. Implement business plans and prepare a range of menus, promotions and marketing options for a small food business.


Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 2 or evidence of equivalent skills

International students

Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 5.5 (no band lower than 5.0)

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