Otago Polytechnic

Cookery and Culinary Arts

Cookery and Culinary Arts graduates are in demand as chefs, caterers, artisan food producers, food writers and promoters, entrepreneurs and much more! Head chefs earn an average of $53,000 per year, while the average income for a sous chef is $44,000. In top restaurants, great chefs can command high salaries.

Food and Beverage Service

Food and Beverage Service graduates work for a variety of hospitality businesses, including restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, cruise ships and caterers. Wages vary depending on experience and responsibility, but salaries begin at approximately $14 per hour and can increase according to experience and location.

Hospitality Management

Those with a qualification in Hospitality Management are leaders – working as hotel, motel, restaurant, café and catering managers. Salaries begin at approximately $40,000 per year and vary with experience, qualifications and location.

Is a career in hospitality for me?

Are you creative? Do you love good food and working with people? If you have these qualities and work well under pressure, have good communication skills and a strong work ethic, then hospitality could be the perfect fit for you!

Recognition of Prior Learning

Have you been working in hospitality for years but don’t have a formal qualification? The School of Hospitality can assess your experience and identify if there are any gaps that can be filled through further study.

Need help?

If you’re having trouble making a decision or just need to talk to someone about your options, our Career Services team can help.

Don’t have the required academic qualifications to study a Hospitality programme? No problem! Check out our bridging options.