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Professional Cookery & Baking Courses

If you want to be a chef or baker in a café, restaurant, international hotel or commercial kitchen, we have an excellent range of practical cooking and baking courses for you to choose from. NZSFW offers NZQA accredited full-time training in cookery, culinary arts and baking programmes from Level 3 Foundation, Level 4 Advanced through to our Level 5 Diploma.


Our graduate chefs are sought after by employers and NZSFW partners with a number of award winning restaurants & hotels to arrange work experience as part of our Level 4 and 5 programmes. Our programmes are job focused and NZSFW regurally consults with the industry to ensure our students get the right skills to succeed in their career. 


Students can enrol directly into each level of the study pathway and continue only as far as they need. Our Professional courses are eligible for Fees Free, student loans and allowances for New Zealand Students.


Certificate in Cookery & Bakery, Foundation Level 3

  • Full Time
  • 18 or 22 Weeks
  • 20 February 2024
  • NZQA Credits

Learn the skills to begin your culinary journey and as a baker or chef and gain confidence in a professional kitchen.

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Certificate in Cookery, Advanced Level 4

  • Full Time
  • 36 Weeks
  • 13 February 2024
  • NZQA Credits

Continue your studies in the culinary arts after completing the 18 week long course, Certificate in Cookery, Foundation. Gain the specialist skills you need to start an exciting career in the culinary arts and graduate with industry recognised and respected qualifications in this 36 week long advanced course.

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New Zealand Diploma in Cookery, Level 5

  • Full Time
  • 36 weeks
  • 20 November 2023
  • NZQA Credits

This programme focuses on ingredients and the understanding of advanced cookery techniques and building an in depth knowledge of how products are transformed by cooking processes. Human Resources & Kitchen Management also form an important part of skill development.

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Diploma in Cookery & Kitchen Management, Level 5 (2 Years)

  • Full Time
  • Two years
  • 13 February 2024
  • NZQA Credits

This programme starts with building a foundation in cookery and then moving on to gaining specialist skills like menu planning and costing. In the second year, build on refining number of skills and advanced techniques like Garde Manger, Operations Management and A la carte cookery which can lead you to more senior positions and management.

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Study with a leader in Professional Cookery & Baking Courses

Founded by Celia Hay, the New Zealand School of Food and Wine opened its first campus in Christchurch in 1995.

  • Top international tutors
  • NZQA Category One Rating
  • Strong industry network
  • Convenient inner-city location
  • Global graduates
  • Passionate team
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Study Fees Free

All our full time NZQA Approved courses are eligible for Fees Free funding.

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International Students

Auckland is a vibrant, multicultural city beside the sea and touches two oceans - the Tasman and the Pacific. It offers the best of both worlds - all the buzz, entertainment, nightlife and cultural activities of a big city, as well as an outdoor lifestyle with numerous sporting and leisure activities.

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Still got questions?

Our friendly team are available from 8am - 5pm NZT to answer any queries you may have.

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Celia Hay

Celia is a qualified chef and holds the WSET (London) Diploma of Wine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History, Master of Education (Distinction) and MBA Master of Business Administration from the University of Canterbury.

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