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Diploma in Culinary Management

LevelLevel 6
Duration40 weeks

This exciting course is about putting your business hat on and learning how to develop new food products or services for today’s market. Build on your Level 5 cooking or baking knowledge and learn the process of taking your food dream from concept to reality, along with a range of core management skills.


Learn  invaluable business strategy skills and the latest food industry trends as you research, develop and design a new food product or service - pitching it, testing it and tweaking it to get it ready for market. 

You will be busy cooking, developing menus, styling food, learning how to photograph the food and creating a blog to showcase it all as you learn about customer engagement and marketing strategy.

We’ll also each you about core management skills, duties and responsibilities in the food industry, including finance, operations, sales and marketing. 

The course includes a 20 week internship, where you’ll put your new business and management knowledge to the test in a commercial culinary business - making you highly employable or ready to go out on your own.


A taste of what you will learn

  • Culinary practice and how to showcase and style food that appeals to customers

  • How to create a food blog

  • The latest food trends and developments within the global culinary  industry

  • Build the skills to develop, design and test new food products that meet today’s customer demand

  • Core management skills, duties and responsibilities in the food industry. 

  • Gain real work experience by completing a 20 week internship in a culinary business

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New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Management (Level 6)

Domestic Students

At the start of the course, domestic applicants must:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years old. 

  • Have a New Zealand Diploma in Cookery Level 5, New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Management Level 5 or an equivalent qualification; or have relevant and current industry experience. 

  • Applicants with English as a second language will need to demonstrate sufficiency in English language (where required, will need to complete and pass a reading/writing placement test and an interview may be required).

International Students

All international applicants must:

  •  Be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the course.

  •  Have completed secondary school overseas or New Zealand Year 11 from a New Zealand TEO) or have equivalent work experience.

  • Have English language proficiency:  If English is your second language, you need an English level of 6 IELTS or equivalent with no band score lower than 5.5 (other English tests or evidence of your English language ability may be approved as advised by NZQA).

  •  Have travel and medical insurance and a valid visa.

  • Pass a reading/writing test if required


Course costs for New Zealand domestic students are available here.

Course costs for International students are available here.

If you’re planning to start tertiary study or training for the first time you may be eligible for fees-free.  Ask one of our course advisors to help or visit the Fees Free website.

If you meet certain conditions you may be eligible for a student loan and allowances.
Find out if you meet the conditions by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit

You can find out more about this qualification by visiting the Government’s career website.




NZMA Hamilton 041

Culinary Management Level 6 - Career Opportunities

  • Work as a manager of a food operation or start your own business

  • Manage an innovative food operation

  • Start your own food business

  • Design and create new food products

  • Set up a food truck



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