Follow your passion for the culinary arts in New Zealand’s natural paradise. Learn to cook in time with the landscape and seasons.

Study cookery at Central and immerse yourself in our ‘paddock to plate’ approach. We focus on using regional produce to build a connection between the source of our food and the dinner table. We access regional ingredients like saffron, olives and clams, as well as wild game such as rabbits and ducks. We source grapes, plants and herbs from our kitchen garden, and even produce our own wine. There is also a wide range of opportunities for foraging in the local area.

But the experience doesn’t end there. The Central Otago region offers a wealth of opportunities in the hospitality sector both during and after your studies.

Learn here, cook here – love it here!

We're excited to be developing an in-work model for the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) (Cookery) and will add more information as soon as we can. Please email central@op.ac.nz if you'd like to be kept in the loop!

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)

  • Dunedin and Central Otago
  • One semester full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by 30 November and 30 June. Late applications will be accepted based on availability of places.

Learn essential food preparation and cookery techniques and gain valuable commercial and kitchen experience in our purpose-built facilities during this hands-on programme.

Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 - LCQ Training Seminar (Central Otago)

  • Central Otago
  • One day (8.30am-5.00pm)
  • Starts 29 March, further dates TBC
  • Apply ten days before each start date

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.

Barista skills short course

  • Central Otago
  • Two days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts Next dates TBA
  • Apply anytime

Want to gain recognition of your barista skills? This two day course offers you the chance to gain a comprehensive knowledge of barista skills.

Patisserie short course

  • Central Otago
  • Five days (Thursdays, 6.00pm-9.00pm)
  • Starts 6 May start (FULL), Next dates TBA
  • Apply anytime

Have a passion for pastry? Learn the art of simple French pastries

Food Safety: Unit 167 (Practice food safety methods in a business under supervision)

  • Central Otago
  • One day per unit
  • Starts 4 March 2021
  • Apply anytime

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.

 
 
 

Great tastes

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.”