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About Us

Helping you realise your culinary dreams!

International Culinary Studio is the only blended online culinary educator in New Zealand accredited by the World Chefs’ Association, something we are very proud of. Based in Christchurch, New Zealand, we are committed to providing professional, excellent technology driven education which comprises of accredited courses as well as a range of industry specific, hobby and Junior Chef online culinary courses internationally.

Taught by industry leading chef educators, blended learning combines in-person teaching and online education, which is a transition away from the days when a teacher would stand up in front of a room and lecture for an hour. This is largely thanks to the rapid development of technology, which allows us to learn at a faster, broader rate. The blended learning approach is extremely flexible, meaning that hospitality students can study and work at the same time.

We work closely with our students to offer our unique career related programme which includes an industry externship, ensuring students gain the necessary skills to be confident in a commercial culinary environment.

About Our Founder

Cheryl Nesbitt is our Director of Studies at International Culinary Studio. Her life story is the stuff of legends and not only is she a culinary guru in her own right, she is an award-winning businesswoman and our dynamic leader at ICS.

Cheryl grew up in rural sugar cane country in KwaZulu Natal, and as a child already fluent in English, Zulu and German, she had big dreams of becoming a teacher. Life had other plans for her though, as fate would have it, a brand-new hotel went up in their town and Cheryl started working there as a teenager. Almost immediately, her love for the hospitality industry was born. After qualifying as a Hotel Manager at the age of 21, she started her own highly successful Catering and Events company which she sold at 28 years old.

For the next few years, Cheryl worked at several different colleges in various roles and gained an enormous amount of experience in the business of education. In 2003 Cheryl opened a hugely successful Chef College in South Africa. Starting out with just 4 students enrolling in its first year, it was sold to a listed company 13 years later with over 1000 annual enrolments and 6 campuses countrywide.

Cheryl relocated to New Zealand in 2013 with her family, and after extensive research and planning, the International Culinary Studio was born. A cutting-edge educational facility – an industry first – that offers online culinary qualifications and accreditations for everyone from home schooled students to industry professionals around the world.

A true labour of love from her two biggest passions – education and culinary arts.

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About Our Founder

Cheryl Nesbitt is our Director of Studies at International Culinary Studio. Her life story is the stuff of legends and not only is she a culinary guru in her own right, she is an award-winning businesswoman and our dynamic leader at ICS.

Cheryl grew up in rural sugar cane country in KwaZulu Natal, and as a child already fluent in English, Zulu and German, she had big dreams of becoming a teacher. Life had other plans for her though, as fate would have it, a brand-new hotel went up in their town and Cheryl started working there as a teenager. Almost immediately, her love for the hospitality industry was born. After qualifying as a Hotel Manager at the age of 21, she started her own highly successful Catering and Events company which she sold at 28 years old.

For the next few years, Cheryl worked at several different colleges in various roles and gained an enormous amount of experience in the business of education. In 2003 Cheryl opened a hugely successful Chef College in South Africa. Starting out with just 4 students enrolling in its first year, it was sold to a listed company 13 years later with over 1000 annual enrolments and 6 campuses countrywide.

Cheryl relocated to New Zealand in 2013 with her family, and after extensive research and planning, the International Culinary Studio was born. A cutting-edge educational facility – an industry first – that offers online culinary qualifications and accreditations for everyone from home schooled students to industry professionals around the world.

A true labour of love from her two biggest passions – education and culinary arts.

Our Values

Excellence, Integrity, Innovation, Empathy, Passion & Creativity

Our Purpose

Providing Excellent Technology Driven Culinary Education.

Our Philosophy

International Culinary Studio is committed to providing excellent online culinary education, enabling students to study and work, whilst completing an Internationally Accredited or NZQA Culinary Qualification, thus ensuring them quality positions in kitchens around the world.

We Are

The leading private education provider of accredited international online culinary qualifications whether to local or international students.

Our unique teaching philosophy which encompasses a 360 degree – hi-touch student model uses a modern approach to ensure students play an active part in their own learning experience. Taught by industry leading chef educators, our students get world class training using technology which combined with industry experience and access to our International Alumni Network of Chefs ensures that they are well prepared for a career in culinary anywhere.

We provide a unique and creative business environment, allowing our employees and students to develop and grow. We are committed to building solid and lasting relationships within the hospitality industry and strive to assist each and every student to gain suitable employment or reach their personal culinary dreams and goals.