Otago Polytechnic

 Food Design and Culinary Arts

Embrace and explore the concept of multisensory food design in your career as a chef, artisan food producer or entrepreneur.


Culinary Arts

Apply design-thinking principles in the production and delivery of food and beverage experiences. The Bachelor of Culinary Arts could lead you to a career as a chef, artisan food producer, food writer, teacher, entrepreneur, promoter and much more!





Bachelor of Culinary Arts

  • Dunedin
  • Three years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November. Late applications are accepted based on the availability of places in the programme.

Embark on a qualification – the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere – that will equip you for a career as a chef, artisan food producer, food writer, teacher, entrepreneur, promoter and much more! An option is available for those with relevant work experience through the assessment of prior learning facilitation process.

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A love of health and wellness and a passion for food has led Penelope Baldwin to establish her own herbal dispensary and grocer.

Penelope Baldwin
Bachelor of Culinary Arts

Want your skills formally recognised?

If you've been working in the hospitality industry for at least ten years, you could be eligible to study our Bachelor of Culinary Arts as a one-year distance programme – so you can keep working while you study!

We use Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) to measure your existing skills and knowledge against the Bachelor of Culinary Arts and give you academic credit towards it.  


Not sure where to start your learning journey?


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Located on Harbour Terrace, Manaaki offers a diverse menu, excellent service and a cosy, ambient environment for lunchtime and evening dining.

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Food Truck

Inspired food experiences from our talented Bachelor of Culinary Art students during the warmer seasons! From tacos, nachos, Korean noodles to Chinese buns to challenge your taste buds!

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Eden Markets

In conjunction with the weekly Eden markets, students within the Eden Incubator design food experiences for external clients. This allows students to take a real-world approach to their studies, while being mentored by industry professionals.


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Richard Mitchell

Food Design

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Adrian Woodhouse

Principal Lecturer 
Food Design