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Study Culinary Online?

YES, it’s possible!!

Gain Real World Culinary Skills with Guidance from Our Mentor Chefs


International Culinary Studio offers students the opportunity to learn advanced cooking and baking skills through a structured online experience.  Blended learning combines in-person teaching and online education, and is a world class combination of the latest technology and innovation, together with mentorship by our industry experienced professional chefs.  We offer a well-balanced education programme of culinary skills, methodology and industry externship to help your culinary dream come true.

Study interactive courses, engage with our professional chef instructors, engage with your fellow students in online discussions and on social media, and fine tune your techniques and knowledge to gain an accredited qualification – all in the comfort of your own kitchen or current place of work.  The combination of live sessions, recorded sessions, online forums and 1:1 time with a chef instructor will enable you to learn and grow in the way that suits you to meet your learning style and needs.

International Culinary Studio strives to produce competent, confident professionals ready to step into the exciting world of culinary, or to give individuals already in the industry the opportunity to get a formal qualification to enhance their employment opportunities.​


Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of our Domestic Students

International Culinary Studio is a online blended learning educator and we value the students who study with us. We are committed to supporting the well-being of all our students and we have a range of policies, processes and support services aimed at ensuring that our students get the best experience whilst studying with us.

International Culinary Studio is committed to both the Domestic code as well as that which covers the pastoral care of international students. More information about the international code can be found here.


Exactly what is the Domestic Code?

The code is to set out the minimum standards of care and support that are expected of all tertiary education providers.
The interim domestic code requires that:
• students experience a physically safe and mutually supportive learning environment that responds to the needs of all students
• students have adequate access to advice, information and services which help them to meet their basic needs
• students are assisted by providers to manage their physical and mental health, and to access support when needed
• students are assisted by providers to transition to tertiary study, progress and achieve in their studies, and to develop knowledge, skills and experience to prepare them for further work or study
• students experience an inclusive learning environment where they are accepted and valued, respected, free from racism and discrimination, and connected with social and cultural networks
• the mana of students is upheld in their learning environment and their voices are heard and integrated in decisions around the planning and provision of student support services

There are a range of requirements set out in the domestic code. For further information on the interim Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of Domestic Students 2019 in English or Te Reo Māori.


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.


Our Students during Exams

Let’s hear it from our students

Creations From Our Proud Student Chefs

Polaroids (4)
Polaroids (4)


Yvan Darang

So far this course has been good! The registration process was easy. The learning material is very useful. What I like about the assessments is that there is feedback from the Instructor in which my errors and areas for improvement are pointed out to me. Everything has been quite good.

Aug 22, 2018

Kelsey Wellington

I chose the International Culinary Studio because it has an amazing course that I felt passionately about doing and it offered the best study plan with how it works in with my schedule of work. So far I’ve found the course very interesting and enjoyable, it’s been a great learning curve and I am getting a whole lot out of it! The best part about the course so far has been how interactive it’s been and how the assignment recipes can be altered to fit different serving sizes!! The most difficult thing has probably been getting my head around the workflow part of the practical assignments and making them detailed enough. Also having an amazing. Instructor Chef who has been massively helpful in all areas and is always able to answer any questions that I have.

Aug 22, 2018

Mark McCracken

I have used International Culinary Studio to improve the skills of myself and my staff. I have always found their courses of great value and very user friendly. Having the advantage of completing the courses in your own time is a huge advantage over traditional learning methods. The support that is given through both the tutors and their website is excellent! I will definitely use their courses in future to up skill my staff! – Mark McCracken 2015 @ComberCuisine

Aug 22, 2018

Sarah Hedgcock

Studying online is so convenient, I can fit my training in around everything else that I am doing and there is no waiting around either. It is much faster and easier, and I like learning as I go and being able to progress at my own pace. I thought studying online would be hard, but I am really enjoying it. I thought it would be hard to stay motivated, but it has not been, and I set a goal of completing 1-2 assessments per week. The mentors have been useful and I recommend making full use of them while studying. They are very happy to answer questions and to provide guidance.

Jul 13, 2020

Chris Swart

Great life skills career options at a fraction of the price compared to other chefs schools. What’s amazing for me is the qualifications are NZQA recognised:-)

Jul 14, 2020


On this program, you have the flexibility to study from anywhere, at any time and this is a huge bonus for people who have very active lifestyle but are still seeking to pursue their passions.

I have found that the learning materials are well written and condensed in a way that made it easy for me to go through and retain the information.

I enjoy being able to do the practical assignments at my own rhythm, sometimes bashing 2 recipes at a time when I know I will not be able to dedicate any time during the week.

And of course, that my kids can enjoy the desserts and be my food critics. We have also used those practicals to donate at events so that it helps to raise money from it. Nothing is ever lost or wasted

Although I have been baking for a long time, to obtain a recognized diploma will push me to finally realize my dreams: make a living out of my passion in cooking

Jul 21, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s Hear From Our Students

Interview with Sarah Hedgecock

Interview with Sarah Hedgecock

INTERVIEW WITH SARAH HEDGCOCK   Sarah is 20 years old, from Waimate in Timaru and currently working towards her NZQA Certificate in Cookery Level 4. She spoke to us about her experience training online so far, and her advice for other students keen to follow in...

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Studying with ICS brings my family closer together

Studying with ICS brings my family closer together

Studying with ICS brings my family together The struggle is real Working full time and also looking after a family of four, I really loved the concept of International Culinary Studio's City & Guilds Diploma where you are able to prove your learning through online...

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What you can do with our world class online Learner Management System

  • Receive unlimited access to an exclusive culinary library, as well as 100’s of recipes & videos.
  • Submit images of your culinary creations and like other’s creations
  • Record videos of yourself preparing your dishes and upload them for assessment
  • Live video conferences with our head chefs
  • You can work through your material to fit around your schedule and be flexible with your study times
  • Grow your professional e-portfolio and apply for the job you want.