Get your culinary career

We'll get you the kitchen skills and confidence you'll need to become a professional chef or baker.

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Welcome to The Culinary Collective, NZMA’s culinary school.  

Inspired by New Zealand's vibrant food culture, The Culinary Collective is built around the ways people like to eat, drink and be entertained today. 

If you love to cook or bake, have a dream to work for yourself or want to share your passion for food with others, you can choose from an exciting range of culinary and bakery courses with a unique kiwi flavour.


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Join us on May 30, 2024, for fun hands-on interactive class activities and a glimpse into a range of courses in Baking, Cookery and Culinary Management.

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Learn in small classes

You'll be taught by passionate tutors up to speed with the latest trends in the food industry and will enjoy small classes with one to one support throughout your studies.

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Gain real world experience

When you train with us, you’ll get to see how the professionals do it first hand. Our courses include internships where you’ll gain invaluable work experience.

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Get creative in our kitchens

You’ll be studying cooking or baking in the kitchen and not from a textbook.  Our campuses include commercial training kitchens and bakeries that you'll train in as part of your course.








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We’re Part of the NZMA Family

The Culinary Collective is New Zealand’s premium culinary school located in Auckland and Hamilton. We are a member of the NZMA family, a Category One Provider, and form part of the largest vocational education group in New Zealand, UP Education.




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Frequently Asked Questions

Our culinary courses range in duration, from 35 to 40 weeks.

Our course costs can be found on the course page, including all fees. In addition to the NZ Certificate in Cookery, you’ll also gain a Food Safety Certificate.

We will teach you different cooking techniques, food safety, kitchen management, menu planning and more led by experienced tutors. We will prepare you for a rewarding career in the culinary industry.

Not only will our experienced tutors teach you the necessary skills to thrive, but also provide valuable insights into the industry as well as networking opportunities and experiences.

The chef courses, similar to our baking courses, can take between 1 to 2 years to complete.