Learn essential food preparation and cookery techniques and gain valuable commercial and kitchen experience in our purpose-built facilities during this hands-on programme.
Begin your journey from cook to chef in this programme available at both our Dunedin and Central Otago campuses. Involving lots of hands-on, practical cooking in our training kitchens, and a work experience opportunity, this qualification will expand the skills you have developed in a Level 3 cookery programme.
This practical qualification includes lots of hands-on cooking in our training kitchens and a work placement in a local business. You will develop a range of cookery, hospitality management, communication, leadership and critical thinking skills, and benefit from the chance to source your ingredients straight from the campus nursery, modern glasshouses and vineyard.
This course provides comprehensive training for people who are preparing for a Duty Manager position in a licensed premise and intend to apply for their Manager’s Certificate.
Want to gain recognition of your barista skills? This two day course (held on two Thursdays) offers you the chance to gain a comprehensive knowledge of barista skills.
Have a passion for pastry? Learn the art of simple French pastries
Working with food? This unit standard is a legal requirement in some workplaces and is recommended for ALL people working, or preparing to work, in a food business. This course is also run as a STAR course for secondary school students.
Want to learn the art of coffee-making? This one day course will teach you how to make a great cup of coffee!
Flavia Kupka was already working as a chef when she enrolled in Central’s Professional Cookery programme, and her career has flourished since she graduated.
Having now rapidly progressed through the cheffing roles to become a chef de partie in the sauté section of the up-market restaurant Botswana Butchery in Queenstown, Flavia says she can “absolutely guarantee” the course helped her to become a better chef.
“I was really impressed with all the facilities, the size of the kitchen, the amount of machines for each student and the way the chefs conducted the classes.” Learning from guest chefs and taking part in cooking competitions helped broaden her knowledge of food and ability to cook under pressure.
She also enjoyed how Central’s learning space extended into Otago’s heartland. Among the many memorable experiences were visiting local restaurants, picking grapes and olives, plucking ducks and wine-tasting. Working in a busy restaurant and studying sometimes required a bit of juggling but Flavia says the challenge was well worthwhile. “Just go for it. It is one of the best investments you can do for your career.”