About chef training
The world of professional cookery offers exciting and challenging job prospects preparing and cooking delicious and nutritious fare in cafés, restaurants, hotels and wineries in New Zealand and overseas. If you want to transform your love of food and cooking into a successful career, then this is the place to start.
Working as a chef, you will have the opportunity to;
- work in an industry that embraces and celebrates creativity
- prepare and cook a range of dishes that reflect the style of restaurant in which you are employed
- plan and work on major events and functions
- design and plan menus to meet customer and business expectations
- organise and manage kitchen operations
- travel and expand your culinary knowledge and skills.
Studying chef training
At Ara you will enjoy first class chef training facilities including the Visions on Campus licensed training restaurant and the Pantry café.
Our trainee chefs develop a full range of practical professional cookery skills and knowledge that will allow them to achieve success in the hospitality industry. Our five purpose-built kitchens are designed to enable the best possible training with good quality commercial equipment, machinery and teaching resources. Trainees work alongside highly experienced, award-winning staff who have come from a range of industry positions and continue to excel in the profession.
Our professional cookery programmes incorporate New Zealand National Certificate qualifications as well as City and Guilds International accredited qualifications and are aimed at identifying Ara graduates as quality employment prospects. We have an excellent employment success rate and our graduates can be found in the kitchens of top restaurants and hotels around the world.
Gain the cooking skills and expertise needed to produce advanced dishes and take a leading role in commercial kitchen environments.
Acquire the advanced cooking skills required to produce complex patisserie items and take a leading role in commercial kitchen environments.
Become competent and confident cooking complex dishes in fast-paced commercial kitchen environments.
Gain a range of professional cooking and kitchen skills for entry into the dynamic world of hospitality.
Programme Code: NZ2102 Level: 5 Credits: 120 Starts: February, July
Programme Code: NZ2102 Level: 5 Credits: 120 Starts: February
Programme Code: NZ2101 Level: 4 Credits: 120 Starts: February (Christchurch and Timaru), July (Christchurch only)
Programme Code: NZ2100 Level: 3 Credits: 60 Starts: February, July