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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.​

NZQA Accredited Qualifications

ICS Diploma in Cookery

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 5 with International Culinary Studio

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


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 (2020)

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.

Monica Cheesman

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.

Marjorie Hosena

Jul 21, 2020

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.