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New Zealand School of Food and Wine


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New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Level 5)

Key information

Level of study:
Tuition fees:
36 weeks
Start date: 12-April-2021
New Zealand School of Food and Wine
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This programme focuses on ingredients and the understanding of advanced cookery techniques. Human Resources and Kitchen Management also form an important part of skill development.

Course Content

Garde Manger

Focus on the specialties of the cold kitchen including innovative vegetable and vegetarian fare, eggs, charcuterie, and specialist techniques such as curing, smoking, dehydration, and avant-garde culinary techniques.

Operations Management

Learn about the business of hospitality. Focus on the procedure and compliance requirements of the Food Control Plan and purchasing, supply chain management, maintenance and workflow planning. Also includes cost control and profitability.

Human Resources

The legal and operational considerations which underpin Employment law in New Zealand; rosters, training, recruitment, performance management and professional development. This includes practical experience planning and delivering onsite events.

A la Carte Cookery & Menu Design

Learn advanced cookery techniques in a range of meat, poultry and seafood dishes, incorporating presentation and the principles of good seasoning while maintaining good organisation and time management skills. Combine these skills with theoretical understanding to develop, design cost and prepare a bistro menu.

Regional Cuisine and Culture

Research and discover your chosen International cuisine to present your findings on their culinary traditions, culture, innovation, and influences of change. Using your research, prepare and cook a selection of these dishes.

Work Placement

NZSFW will place students to complete 150 hours of practical work experience during the programme, at leading restaurants and hotels around Auckland.

Qualifications Gained

New Zealand Diploma in Cookery, Level 5

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

Pathways to Further Study

  • Certificate in Hospitality & Event Management
  • Certificate in Professional Wine Knowledge, Level 5

Entry criteria

  • Aged 18 or over
  • Previously completed New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4 or equivalent
  • Upper intermediate English: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent for international students
  • Valid visa for international students
  • Attend an interview in person or by telephone


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