Otago Polytechnic

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!

Cutting edge culinary arts and innovative design unite at the Food Design Institute based at our Dunedin campus. A world leader in Food Design Education, the Institute produces graduates who are food savvy, ambitious and innovative. 

In addition, we also offer cookery programmes at our Central Otago campus where you can immerse yourself in our ‘paddock to plate’ approach. We focus on using regional produce to build a connection between the source of our food and the dinner table.

Food Design & Culinary Arts (Dunedin)

The Food Design Institute is home to the Bachelor of Culinary Arts, New Zealand’s first culinary arts degree. We are also the first in the world to use design to teach culinary arts.

Food Design is a wide-ranging concept that includes the use of design thinking principles in the production and delivery of food and beverage experiences. Food Design could lead to a career as a chef, artisan food producer, food writer, teacher, entrepreneur, promoter and much more!

Our students get to embrace and explore the concept of multisensory food design. Our award-winning staff teach the fundamentals of food preparation interwoven with progressive design techniques. 

Cookery (Dunedin and Central Otago)

We can help you begin your journey from cook to chef. Our hands-on programmes at Level 3, Level 4 and Level 5 teach a broad range of essential kitchen techniques along with supervisory and business skills.

Our Cookery graduates go on to chef positions in restaurants, bars and cafés, or find work in catering companies, vineyards, boutique lodges and hotel chains. Work experience is an important part of our Cookery programmes, allowing our students to apply their practical learning outside of the classroom and giving them a chance to increase their knowledge and develop real-world skills.

Food and Beverage Service (Dunedin)

We take a very practical approach to learning – offering training opportunities in safe and secure real-work, and simulated work experience situations.

Graduates from our Level 3 and Level 4 Food and Beverage Service programmes go on to positions in professional café and bar service, including counter and table service, food preparation, cocktails and bar service with barista knowledge. Training facilities on-site include our training restaurant, Eden Café and AKO – our student-operated café. Industry work experience placements allow students to practise their newly acquired skills in a real-world environment

Hospitality Management (Dunedin)

Those with a qualification in this area can become leaders – working as hotel, motel, restaurant, café and catering managers, supervisors or team leaders in a junior or trainee management role. Graduates of our Level 5 programme have enhanced employment opportunities and are able to work in a range of hospitality environments with some leadership responsibilities.

Hotel Management (Auckland International Campus)

This graduate diploma has been designed for aspiring individuals seeking to achieve their management potential and to stand out from the crowd. With its blend of practical learning, management theory and strategy, it builds on your existing skills and opens up new career possibilities. This programme is only available to international students studying at our Auckland International Campus.

Want your skills formally recognised?

Have you worked in the hospitality industry for at least ten years and want your skills formally recognised?

We offer a one year, distance programme with workshops in Dunedin that is ideal for those with experience of the hospitality industry. Using our Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) process, we measure your existing knowledge against the Bachelor of Culinary Arts and give you academic credit towards this degree. This process is especially valuable for those who are already employed, as you don’t have to leave your job to achieve the qualification.