Study Cookery with NZMA | Cookery Courses NZ

Food culture is thriving and restaurants are hungry to hire people with the right skills for their kitchens. If you love food, we can help you choose the best way to get your career cooking - whether you picture yourself as a chef, a caterer or owning your own restaurant one day.

We’ll listen and help you choose the course that’s right for you
Get hands-on training from cookery tutors who’ve worked in the industry
Learn practical skills and how to get a job in a commercial kitchen
Build confidence and experience to get out there and find work
Courses designed with input from employers who hire NZMA students
Enjoy a friendly, supportive learning environment with a family focus

Just some of the places our graduates are working

Sky city Cordis Hotel Millennium St Pieres Bakers Delight

Start your Cookery career now

Getting started is simple. Just share a few details and we’ll help you decide which Cookery course is for you.

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Tell us about yourself

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A course advisor will be in touch to talk with you

Step 3

They’ll help you choose the best course for you

We have courses starting in the next month, so hit the button above to share your info and we’ll get things underway.

Many of our Cookery courses are totally free or funded

We can guide you through how this works and help you choose the best option.

I love meeting new people, and being part of a team environment, particularly while studying something I’m truly passionate about.

Patrick Taylor, Head Chef at Abbey Bar and Kitchen.
Certificate in Cookery (Level 3 & 4)

Our Cookery programmes

Vocational Pathway for Service Industries - Level 2 

This programme gives you all the basic skills you’ll need to be successful in the booming service sector industry. You will gain skills to provide great customer service in a variety of industries – hospitality, retail, cookery, travel and tourism.  You will also gain some practical skills such as food and beverage service, presenting products and services to maximise sales, and handling customer enquiries.

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CERTIFICATE IN COOKERY - LEVEL 3

If you’re new to the commercial cookery environment, this course has all the right ingredients to get you started. It’s really practical and you’ll graduate knowing all about food safety and how to prepare basic dishes at an operational level. It’ll set you up with the basic skills commercial chefs are looking for in their kitchen staff.

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CERTIFICATE IN COOKERY - LEVEL 4

This intermediate-level programme really helps to build on your cookery skill set. You’ll learn about a wide range of cookery techniques and disciplines, and gain confidence working in a commercial kitchen environment.

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NEW ZEALAND DIPLOMA IN COOKERY (ADVANCED) - LEVEL 5 (1 YEAR)

If you want to be a professional chef at the top of your field, look no further. Our diploma gives you the skills, knowledge and experience you’ll need to succeed in today’s kitchens. Specialise in either patisserie or gastronomy and gain invaluable work experience during your full-time 600 hour paid internship.

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DIPLOMA PROGRAMME IN PROFESSIONAL COOKERY - LEVEL 5 (2 YEARS)

This two-year course covers the advanced cookery knowledge and skills required for progression as a chef in the hospitality industry. In addition to kitchen management skills, students graduate with advanced skills in either applied cookery or patisserie.

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