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Certificate in Cookery, Foundation Level 3

  • Full Time
  • 18 Weeks Full time
  • 8 JUN 2021
  • NZ$3,940*
  • NZQA Credits

Learn the foundation cookery skills to begin your culinary career and give you confidence in a professional kitchen. Follow this course with the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Advanced Level 4.


Learn the foundation skills to begin your professional culinary journey and gain confidence in the kitchen. 

The Foundation Certificate in Cookery is a full-time course, where you begin your culinary career and gain confidence in a professional kitchen.

This programme forms the first semester of the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Advanced Level 4


Culinary Techniques

A well-rounded introduction to fundamental cooking and baking techniques, help you learn to master a series of inspired classic dishes.

Building this important foundation knowledge of the French Culinary tradition unlocks a deeper understanding of cookery that can then be applied to many other styles of cooking. Fresh, high quality local ingredients are the basis of what we prepare every day.

Example dishes:

  • Braised onion tart with mesclun salad
  • Seared beef sirloin with parsley butter
  • Gazpacho with garlic croutons
  • Eggs Benedict with crispy bacon
  • Chocolate brownie
  • Pan-seared snapper with roast red pepper salsa
  • Thai rice pudding with coconut and lemongrass

Food Safety 

You will learn about food safety in a commercial kitchen and complete unit standards-based certification.

Knife Skills

You will learn essential knife skills to ensure safe and efficient equipment use, providing skills you will use for the duration of your career.


Graduates will be able to work as junior chefs in cafés, restaurants, catering, bars, clubs, resorts and hotels. Due to the highly practical nature of this course, NZSFW graduates are attractive to prospective employees.


We recommend that students complete the second semester and gain the Certificate in Cookery (Advanced)

Our success stories


Former NZSFW Cookery Student Phoenix shares his passion for food, and how his study is shaping his restaurant career.  

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  • 8 June 2021 - 8 Oct 2021 (18 Weeks)
    • Tuesdays - Friday, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm 
  • 5 Oct 2021 - 18 February 2022 (18 Weeks)
    • Tuesdays - Friday, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm 

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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