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Chef Training Courses at UCOL Polytechnic

New Zealand is well known for its wonderful café culture and fantastic fine dining. Skilled and creative individuals that can lead and support this reputation are in demand. If you have a true passion for food and enjoy working as part of a team, this could be the career for you!


Start your professional cooking career with UCOL Polytech. Our highly experienced chefs will teach you the skills you’ll need to prepare and cook dishes while working in a supervised role in a commercial kitchen. To put the theory into practice, you’ll serve paying customers at UCOL’s Training Restaurant for café lunch, formal dining and special functions. UCOL Polytech offers various chef courses to further your interest and skills in this industry. 


If you are a chef who is serious about advancing your existing culinary art skills to an internationally recognised qualification standard. It focuses on advanced methods of cookery, including patisserie and confectionery.  UCOL Polytech has a programme for you!


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Step through one of UCOL’s 6 Career Doorways today. Explore your study options in Health & Science, Arts & Design, Business & ICT, Chef Training & Hospitality, Beauty & Hairdressing, and Trades & Technology.


Semester One 2015 starts in February. Semester Two 2015 starts in July. Apply 6 to 8 weeks before your programme starts to secure your place.



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Browse our 2016 Prospectus and International Prospectus to find out what you can study at UCOL.


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Financing your study

Various funding options may be available to you. Some links to information and tools are listed below to help you.


Studylink is a source of information for government assisted funding options for Aotearoa New Zealand students.


Breakout provides information and databases on scholarships, awards and grants available in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Sorted gives you information and tools to help you calculate the cost of your study and budget for your study.


Scholarship information is available for study at UCOL campuses in Palmerston North, Whanganui and Wairarapa.



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