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Enrol by 20th August 2021 for New Zealand Certificate and Diploma in Cookery courses commencing 30th August 2021








Why should you study with International Culinary Studio?


Study on a flexible schedule to suit your lifestyle, work and family obligations


No commuting expenses and online study is significantly more affordable


Adaptable Learning

Develops self discipline, self motivation, and better communication skills


One on One Tuition

Personalised one on one tuition with a fully accredited Chef Instructor

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Recognised Qualification

Extensive range of globally recognised accredited courses on offer

Extensive Library

Access to excellent support material including a glossary and a range of printable recipes


Live Video Classes

Recorded live video classes to view as many times as necessary


Earn While You Learn

Already working? Career change? Get qualified while you are still employed



Much of the course content can be viewed via an app anytime, anywhere, on any device


Digital Badging

Take your achievements global with your online e-portfolio and digital badge


Learning Barriers?

Personalised student mentoring and learning model overcomes many learning difficulties

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Real World Skills

Graduate with real skills that will help you succeed in today’s competitive workplace

Global Certification & Qualifications

International Culinary Studio is recognised by the WorldChefs Association and have been awarded the WorldChefs Recognition of Quality Culinary Education Programme. These courses are job specific and at the conclusion of their course, students are able to apply for WorldChefs Global Hospitality Certification, which showcases their skills anywhere in the world.

NZQA Accredited Culinary Certifications

New Zealand Citizens and Residents can study either the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4 or New Zealand Diploma in Cookery Level 5. You will learn about a wide range of cookery techniques and disciplines and gain confidence working in a commercial kitchen environment.

ICS Certificate and Diploma Professional Courses

If you are looking to build on your experience or take a first step in the culinary industry, our range of Certificate and Diploma courses are for you. International Culinary Studio is accredited by World Chef’s Association and our blended learning model and Industry leading chef educators will equip you with quality skills and knowledge. On completion, your Digital badge and ePortfolio will showcase your new skills to employers.

ICS Short Courses

We have a wide variety of short courses to choose from, ranging from a selection of industry specific through to hobbyist courses.

ICS Home School Culinary Programme

Perfect for all budding culinary professionals, our Home School Programme gives students an opportunity to nurture their growing cooking talents from their kitchen at home.

ICS Junior Chef

Our online Junior Chef Programmes are exciting, interactive and user friendly. They are a great introduction to the magical world of culinary.

Travel the world with your globally recognised hospitality digital badge certification and stand out from the crowd

Culinary Career Pathway

There are four types of chefs within most professional kitchens, operating within a ranked or hierarchical structure. They are:

  • apprentice or trainee chefs, known as Commis Chefs
  • section chefs, known as Chefs de Partie or Line Cooks
  • Sous Chefs, who act as the second-in-command of the kitchen
  • Head/Executive Chefs, who are responsible for the management of the entire kitchen and are also known as Chefs de Cuisine.

Culinary Career Pathway

There are four types of chefs within most professional kitchens, operating within a ranked or hierarchical structure. They are:

  • apprentice or trainee chefs, known as Commis Chefs
  • section chefs, known as Chefs de Partie or Line Cooks
  • Sous Chefs, who act as the second-in-command of the kitchen
  • Head/Executive Chefs, who are responsible for the management of the entire kitchen and are also known as Chefs de Cuisine.

Town Tonic

The course is very convenient for my employee, especially as he was already quite experienced. After doing the qualification, he is now able to manage the kitchen and staff more efficiently which is fantastic for my restaurant.

Jul 19, 2021

Rajendra Singh

When looking at RPL of New Zealand Certificate in Cookery I chose International Culinary Studio as they had a good reputation in the market. I have found this to be true and have had a really great experience with them. The Chef Assessor working through my RPL evidence was awesome, she was so helpful along the way. They made it easy for me to get through the process while still working and kept me up to date with where we were in the process. I have recommended International Culinary Studio to my colleagues as I know this qualification will help me achieve my goals in the future. Thanks again, an awesome team!

Jul 27, 2021

Shing Tien Gan

I chose to do the New Zealand Certificate in cookery Level 4 through RPL with International Culinary Studio as I have good English and wasn’t required to do an English test. I found the process to be very efficient and it was simple enough to get all my evidence together and submitted while still working. My Chef Assessor was very helpful and gave me all the information I needed to get the process completed as soon as possible. My new qualification will make it much easier when I am job hunting. I am keen to now study the New Zealand Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 5 as it will be helpful taking the next step with my business in the future. I would recommend the International Culinary Studio for anyone looking to RPL.

Jul 27, 2021

Chanaka Kumaranathunga

I have recently completed the RPL process for the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4. I found the process clear and easy to follow. Although it was a little hard fitting the process around my family and work, I could do this at any time and found my Chef Assessor helpful. I would recommend International Culinary Studio, as having this qualification will be very useful for me .

Jul 27, 2021

Alessio Micalone

I had a Diploma in Commercial Cookery and 15 years culinary experience and wanted a New Zealand recognised qualification. The RPL process with International Culinary Studio was fantastic. The Learner management system gave me a great refresher for my exam and the process was clear, easy and the staff were helpful. It was great to get the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery, I felt it was a great achievement in a short time!

Jul 27, 2021

Melvin Villacruz

Working fulltime as head chef for a Pizza restaurant I was keen to study the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery level 4. I liked that International Culinary Studio was a blended learning course as it gave me the chance to study while I was still working. This was such a good decision, I found my experience awesome! Chef Helen was always there to answer my questions. The learner management system was fun to use and the practical assignments challenging but were assessed fairly.
It could sometimes be difficult fitting my study around my work, but I would do this at any time of the day or night. The course has broadened my culinary knowledge giving me the skills I will need going forward should I decide to build my own place or want to progress further.

Jul 27, 2021

Sheldon Engineer

I would recommend International Culinary Studio for the RPL of New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4. I thought the Chef Assessor great and the process easy to follow.

Jul 27, 2021

Grant Kitchen- National President (New Zealand Chefs Association)

I have no hesitation in recommending the online International Culinary Studio course to my employees. The course has two features that are key to the industry: accessibility and flexibility. It would be great to see more students having the opportunity to take advantage of these courses.

Jul 27, 2021

Suzanne Johnson- Director (She Universe)

We have had several chefs enrol with International Culinary Studio to complete their chef training. We have found them to be experts in their field – the learning materials and approach is exceptional. The main benefit for hospitality employees training is being able to continue working whilst they study. They are also motivated, inspired and sharing their knowledge with other team members whilst training and beyond. These qualities provide and ongoing benefit to the team and business.

Jul 27, 2021

David Rich- Food and Beverage Manager (Isaac Royal Theatre)

Having been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, I would like to acknowledge the model of online teaching is of value to the industry. Students are motivated when they get to the workplace and can learn without having to leave the workplace for extended periods of time.

Jul 27, 2021

Marilou Falk

Studying online via International Culinary Studio, (City & Guilds) is very accommodating because I do not need to travel far to go to school. I can study at home or wherever I am on that time.
It is part of Filipino culture to share yummy food together. Some of the Filipino women are very good cooks and we love to talk about food and cooking. Studying with International Culinary Studio has boosted my enthusiasm when sharing recipes and I would love to continue doing good things in a different way by working in an aged care/nursing home facility and prepare, cook comfort/nutritious food for the senior people in our community

Jul 21, 2020

Peter Holdsworth Head Chef Restaurant in Westport – West Coast

I have found the student to be incredibly motivated, courteous and mature. She has brought a range of new skills and recipes and she has gained a real understanding of the industry. The industry placement is longer than other institutions and I think the extended industry placement is an asset to the course and to prospective employers alike.

Jul 19, 2021

Bianca Yuill- Chef and Owner (Peg and Pickle Kitchen)

I currently own a Food Truck called Peg and Pickle and have just completed one of the International Culinary Studio courses. For em starting my own business, I have found the course to be very beneficial especially the food costing, skills and techniques. I would be motivated to employ a student as I know they will have the necessary background knowledge and great culinary skills.

Jul 19, 2021

Jillian Reader – Residential Chef (Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children)

I have found my employee to be incredibly motivated by this course. I would recommend to my employees to study with International Culinary Studio as a way of increasing their skills. It is fantastic for those who have lots of motivation and this will give them a qualification globally recognised.

Jul 19, 2021

Apvinder Singh

Having been a Chef in Fiji for 9 years before moving to New Zealand and becoming a head chef here, I would recommend the International Culinary Studio for RPL of the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4. I have found this a simple process and the learner management system was easy to use. The staff and Chef Instructor were always helpful, and the process worked well around my busy working life.

Mar 11, 2021

Kristy Neame

I had never been much of a cook or been interested in culinary until I had children. Now with two young children I enjoy trying out different methods and foods aiming to give them a nutritious diet that even a picky eater will enjoy. My long term goal is to develop my interest in nutrition and perhaps become a dietician. I had been looking to study at university when Covid struck so was keen to find a culinary course that would be of value towards my future goals.  With International Culinary Studio I was able to study the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4 from home giving me the flexibility to work around my children and not worry about travel as I live rurally.

I have enjoyed learning a variety of techniques and skills, when and what flavourings to add and my much improved knife skills!

The feedback from my Chef Instructor was very useful and my confidence in the kitchen has greatly increased.

Mar 11, 2021

Laura Due

I would recommend International Culinary Studio as I have found it easy to fit studying into my schedule and it’s been all round, a very positive experience.

Chef Helen made the learning environment calm and relaxing and the flexibility of my placement and assignments made kit easy for me to work full time and study.

I like that I will have a solid certificate and study has helped me realise I want to pursue this as a career.

Mar 11, 2021

Liz Maynard

Had 25+ years experience in the industry in NZ and overseas in kitchen and hospo and now owner of World Cuisine, but no formal culinary qualification. It is a simple and straightforward system, the hardest part was getting my documentation together from my years of work all over references etc. Revision was important as there were things I knew but hadn’t thought about in years – a good refresher. It is worth the effort to do, increased pay, piece of paper is valuable, also verifies to yourself that you do have the skills

Time management is the key, busy working and with a family took some organising but as long as I put time aside to get it done.

How was your experience with your chef Instructor?
Helen was really helpful with exam prep, she was approachable and easy to talk to, with no judgment, there were no stupid questions. Helpful prep for exams, skype calls etc just ask if you need to know anything.

Mar 9, 2021

Marjorie Hosena

Handling a fulltime job and studies at the same time requires a good level of planning and prioritization. It means that you can put food on the table while at the same time gaining the skills to build a wonderful new future. Anyone can cook but to be a good cook, a passionate cook, and a confident cook it takes particular care and attention.

International Culinary Studio help me to pursue my dreams because I can study while I am working, and I don’t need to go to school and I have flexible time, so I balance my study and work. Taking online classes is more convenient, affordable, and effective. While I am studying, I’ve learnt a lot of things that can change on a daily basis, but my chef mentor keeps me motivated to do the best that I can. Online courses are designed to be equally as rigorous and demanding as traditional courses, you need to stay motivated even on the bad days and keep reminding yourself of why you are doing it.

Jul 21, 2020

Monica Cheesman

When I was little, I remember seeing my mum making a pound cake; that was pretty much what she knew how to make and when I grew up, I became the one who would make that cake. Having received the opportunity to study I cannot really pinpoint just one moment that was a highlight because there were too many to choose from. So much of it was new for me: experimenting with new desserts, breads, and sauces, making soufflé, and making an opera cake! 3 years ago, these were only daydreams, but now I have lived it. This course made it a possibility.
As I am a mother of 3, having the privilege to stay at home and still being able to study – I was very happy about that. Not having to organize childcare for the kids and be able to look after them at home while fulfilling my dream was very nice.
My biggest challenge was the final exam, especially the second practical day of exams; it was a big challenge for me, I have never done something so stressful. Or that I was prouder of. I am so pleased International Culinary Studio enabled me to achieve a diploma qualification, largely through learning in my own home.

Jul 21, 2020

Accreditations & Partnerships

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NZQA Accredited Qualifications


New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4

The aim of this programme is to develop the skills and knowledge in basic principles of kitchen work, health and safety, and communication. It will enable candidates to develop the practical skills, knowledge and attitude required to work and progress within the culinary industry.


Diploma in Cookery level 4

New Zealand Diploma in Cookery Level 5

The aim of this programme is to develop the learner's abilities in researching, planning, developing, implementing, and analysing of food products, recipes, and menus which ensure advanced practice in food preparation, cooking and presentation.


Professional Industry Short Courses

  • barista


    $69.00 USD
  • catering-management

    Catering Management

    $249.00 USD
  • cafe chef 4

    Cafe Chef

    $249.00 USD
  • International Culinary Studio Cakes in store cabinet

    Cafe Baker

    $249.00 USD