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The Culinary Collective
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Diploma in Culinary Management

This course is available


Level of Study



40 weeks

Next start date

Expected Aug 2023


Hamilton Campus


This exciting course is about putting your business hat on and learning how to develop new food products or services for today’s market. Build on your Level 5 cooking or baking knowledge and learn the process of taking your food dream from concept to reality, along with a range of core management skills.

Learn invaluable business strategy skills and the latest food industry trends as you research, develop and design a new food product or service - pitching it, testing it and tweaking it to get it ready for market.

You will be busy cooking, developing menus, styling food, learning how to photograph the food and creating a blog to showcase it all as you learn about customer engagement and marketing strategy.

We’ll also each you about core management skills, duties and responsibilities in the food industry, including finance, operations, sales and marketing.

The course includes a 20 week internship, where you’ll put your new business and management knowledge to the test in a commercial culinary business - making you highly employable or ready to go out on your own.

A taste of what you will learn

Culinary practice and how to showcase and style food that appeals to customers

How to create a food blog

The latest food trends and developments within the global culinary industry

Build the skills to develop, design and test new food products that meet today’s customer demand

Core management skills, duties and responsibilities in the food industry.

Gain real work experience by completing a 20 week internship in a culinary business

Career Opportunities

Work as a manager of a food operation or start your own business

Manage an innovative food operation

Start your own food business

Design and create new food products

Set up a food truck

Entry criteria

All international applicants must:

Be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the course.

Have completed secondary school overseas or New Zealand Year 11 from a New Zealand TEO) or have equivalent work experience.

Have English language proficiency: If English is your second language, you need an English level of 6 IELTS or equivalent with no band score lower than 5.5 (other English tests or evidence of your English language ability may be approved as advised by NZQA).

Have travel and medical insurance and a valid visa.

Pass a reading/writing test if required

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