Otago Polytechnic

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts graduates are in demand as chefs, teachers, artisan food producers, food writers and promoters, entrepreneurs and much more! Students get to embrace and explore the concept of multisensory food design They are taught the fundamentals of food preparation interwoven with progressive design techniques. Students learn how to transform traditional dishes into modern culinary masterpieces and to create food experiences to inspire and delight. 


Our Cookery programmes help students begin their journey from cook to chef. These hands-on programmes teach a broad range of essential kitchen techniques along with supervisory and business skills. Work experience is an important component, allowing students to apply their learning in a real world environment.

Food and Beverage Service

Food and Beverage Service graduates work for a variety of hospitality businesses, including restaurants, bars, cafés, hotels, cruise ships and caterers.  Learning is very practical with much time spent in our training facilities on site including Technique Restaurant, Ozone Café, and AKO- our student operated café as well as industry work experience placements. 

Hospitality Management

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

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.