Let your culinary skills take you around the world or find a career closer to home with our popular cookery programme.

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If you're passionate about cooking awesome food, or if you want to be part of an evolving progressive industry, this chef training programme is for you.

If you want to travel with your career, and gain professional positions within hotels, restaurants, cafés, exclusive lodges, fine dining establishments, ski resorts, surfing resorts, cruise ships, event catering and more, we can help make it happen.

The programme is an exciting mix of theoretical and practical modules, with a large component of online learning.  We start with the basics and take you to a level where you're preparing and presenting outstanding restaurant food.

Cookery qualifications

Food & Hospitality

Train for a career in cookery, and level up your skills and expertise in the culinary arts. Build your base here at Tai Poutini Polytechnic through our Level 4 Cookery Certificate, and well-prepared to become a professional chef. Thrive in a programme which combines both theoretical and hands-on learning, and be thoroughly-equipped to tackle all cooking fundamentals.


40 Weeks Full-time


On campus



Career potential


Kian Muir

Kian Muir

Student story

Getting a cookery qualification has opened doors for Kian Muir and he’s looking forward to future opportunities.

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If you’re not sure what to study and would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.