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

  • Full Time
  • Two years
  • 8 JUNE 2021
  • NZ$12,090*
  • 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.


This programme will begin with building on your foundation to work in a professional kitchen, you will then concentrate on the principles of French cuisine and a thorough grounding in culinary arts. Speed, accuracy and consistency are characteristics that you will develop and as your confidence grows, you learn to correct your mistakes, adjust seasoning and enjoy experimenting with flavours. Each week has a specific theme, starting with knife training and moving onto stock making, soups and classic sauces.

During the second year, you will focus on ingredients and understand advanced cookery techniques. Human Resources and kitchen management will also form an important part of skill development. 

Course Content

Year One - Semester One

Food Safety and Food Control Plans

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

Foundation Cookery and Baking

We provide an education drawing on the French culinary tradition which provides a foundation for many other cuisines. You will start with essential knife skills and move on to building essential cookery techniques. 

Baking is an important element with tutorials on pastries, cakes, tarts and sponges.
Example dishes: 

  • Braised onion tart with mesclun salad
  • Seared beef sirloin with parsley butter
  • Gazpacho with garlic croutons 
  • Eggs Benedict with crispy bacon
  • Chocolate fudge cake with classic icing
  • Pan-seared snapper with roast red pepper salsa
  • Fragrant chicken salad with lemon grass and ginger

Year One - Semester Two

Specialist Workshops

In a series of workshops, you will learn classic bread making recipes including sourdough, ciabatta and brioche. In the Mediterranean workshop, you will learn how to make your own tortellini. You will design and cost out your own mediterranean inspired menu and then invite a friend to join you for a three course luncheon. A sensory evaluation workshop will help you understand how to taste better and learn to identify important flavours. Other sessions include ice creams, sorbets, custards and meringues. Butchery skills like boning and filleting of beef, lamb, chicken and fish are also covered. 

Introduction to Menu Planning, Costing and Nutrition

Menu planning and costing helps you develop an awareness of food costs while learning how to create a well-balanced innovative menu. During the programme, you will be the caterer and work individually to design menus for specific occasions and within a set budget. In the Nutrition module, you will learn the basics of healthy, nutritious food. 

Introduction to Wine and WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

In this module, you will learn the basics of wine tasting and key international grape varieties. You will experience an excellent wine and food pairing event.  

Year two – Semester Three

Grade Manger (Cookery)

The focus is on the specialities of the cold kitchen including vegetable and vegetarian fare, eggs, pâtés, terrines and specialist techniques such as curing and smoking. 

Operations Management

This module focuses on the procedure and compliance requirements of the food control plan and food purchasing, supply chain management, maintenance and workflow planning. It also includes cost control, profitability and introduction to accounting.  

Human Resources Management

Learn about the legal and operational considerations which underpin employment law in New Zealand; rosters, training, recruitment, performance management and professional development. This includes practical experience planning, delivering and leading onsite events.  

Year two – Semester Four

A la Carte Cookery 

Learn advanced cookery techniques in a range of meat, poultry and seafood dishes, incorporating presentation and the principles of good seasoning while maintaining good organisation and time management skills.

Menu Design (Advanced)

In this module, you will combine all the skills with a theoretical understanding to develop, design, cost and prepare a bistro menu.

Regional Cuisine and Culture

Research and discover your chosen international cuisine and present your findings on their culinary traditions, culture, innovation and influences of change. Using your research, prepare and cook a selection of these dishes.


Practical assessments occur throughout the programme enabling you to build and improve your skills. From semester two, assessments are based on a series of three course menus prepared and presented within a set time frame. 

Work Placement

During the programme, you will have two weeks work placement during semester one and a further two weeks in semester two (150 hours). This gives you invaluable hands-on experience in some of Auckland’s premier cafe’s, restaurants and hotels. During this time you will gain real-life insights into working as a front of house in a restaurant and café. Many students are offered full-time work at these businesses following their work experience module.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to work in all fields of culinary arts within the hospitality and tourism sector. This may be for cafes, restaurants, resorts, lodges, cruise liners, luxury yachts as well as setting up your own business. 

Graduate Placement Service

All graduates have access to the NZSFW Placement Service when it is time to seek employment. This service is also available for industry placements during your studies. 

International Student Work Rights

This course allows International students to work 20 hours per week.


FEB 2021

  • Semester One: 8 June 2021 - 8 Oct 2021
  • Semester Two: 18 Oct 2021 - 18 Feb 2022
  • Semester Three: 28 Feb 2022 - 27 June 2022
  • Semester Four: Dates to be confirmed


Year One - Semester one & two

  • 4 days per week
  • 6 hours per day

Year Two - Semester three & four

  • Mondays & Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesdays, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Work placement: 150 hours 

Study Fees Free

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

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International Students

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