Otago Polytechnic

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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.

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 and Culinary Arts

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


  • Hospitality Management

    Learn how to manage hotels, motels, restaurants, or cafés in a junior supervisor role.


  • Hotel Management

    Grow your career with a blend of management practice, theory and strategy in this programme available only to international students.


  • Food and Beverage Service

    Learn counter and table service, food preparation, cocktails, café, bar and barista service in our  Level 3 and Level 4 programmes.


  • Cookery

    Begin your journey from cook to chef with our hands-on programmes available in Dunedin and Central Otago.

  • Brewing

    We have developed an exciting new suite of brewing qualifications which will be introduced from 2019. 


Want your skills formally recognised?

Have you worked in the hospitality industry for at least ten years and want formal recognition of your skills and knowledge?

We offer a one year, distance programme with workshops in Dunedin – 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.