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Executive Chef Diploma

For chefs who want to make the leap towards becoming an executive chef in businesses of different sizes and models, by undertaking a practical, tangible and professional learning process guided by leading names in the sector.

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Introduction to the executive chef diploma

Managing kitchens is not enough; you've to know how to get results.

We train executive chefs with an international vision who are able to successfully run multiple professional kitchens simultaneously.

Why do chefs from around the world decide to take our executive chef postgraduate course?

✔ Because they want the chance to apply for new roles and professional challenges
✔ Because they want a broader overview of their business
✔ Because they want a higher salary as an executive chef
✔ Because their goal is to leave the kitchen and focus on the financial and operational management of a restaurant at different levels.

Executive chefs are often confused with head chefs, but each role has different responsibilities. Have you ever considered the work that goes on behind the scenes at a Caribbean resort, an amusement park, a top restaurant, a ready to eat business, or behind the pre-prepared convenience food on our menus? Executive chefs are responsible for creating memorable, but also profitable user experiences.

An executive chef is like an orchestra conductor. They know what needs to be done at all times, they promote profitability, they negotiate with suppliers, they manage purchases, they design dishes and menus, and they manage the finances, resources, product costing, prices, and much more.

The Culinary Institute of Barcelona's Executive Chef Diploma has been designed to be completed in 6 intensive weeks, so that after a month and a half in Barcelona (and without the need for a visa) you can transform your career and apply for new and exciting job opportunities. You will work on practical, real-world projects, such as the core project with Port Aventura (the largest tourist complex in Europe). You will soon be able to implement pragmatic solutions as an executive chef alongside other chefs, your peers and industry leaders.

By the end of the course, you will be prepared to face new professional challenges in any type or size of business model in one of the most valued positions in the gastronomic sector.

This program forms part of the training offered on do of the CIB's combined programs. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to lead any international professional kitchen.

The following combined programs include the Executive Chef Diploma:
  1. Grand Chef Diploma: To become a chef with a global understanding of how kitchens work by choosing from a variety of specialization courses.
  2. Professional Executive Chef Diploma: For those who want to lead professional kitchens with a 360º understanding of the gastronomic business.

Learning objectives

To prepare yourself for a professional and financial leap as an executive chef.

How you will learn to be an executive chef

160 hours designed so that every day

of your learning is a show

Much more than just knowledge acquisition.

We train the next generation of
executive chefs for the 21st century.


CIB Methodology

Practical training

An unbeatable partnership

During the six-week Executive Chef program, you will work hand in hand with professionals from different disciplines on the core project based at Port Aventura World. The resort's Management Committee will propose a series of challenges that you will have to tackle as a team by making real proposals and applying all the knowledge you have acquired during your classes. Finally, you will present your project before the Committee, which will evaluate it.

Port Aventura World is a unique place to put your knowledge into practice, as it allows you to see every side of the business. Recently named the best amusement park in Europe, the tourist complex spans 105 hectares and is home to 100 restaurants; five themed hotels with 2,100 rooms; a convention center for 4,000 people; one golf course and three theme parks, PortAventura Park, PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park and Ferrari Land.

Who is our executive chef course for?

For chefs who want to
take a professional leap forward

What is the profile of the executive chef diploma student like?

For chefs who want to stand out
in one of the most valued positions in the industry.

The CIB is for you if...


  • Training is an investment in your future

  • Training should have an international focus

  • Training must allow for a work-life balance

  • Current training for executive chefs is outdated

  • Traditional training is not adapted to the 21st century

  • Barcelona leads the way in international gastronomic innovation


  • To work in any field, context or business model

  • To take a step forward in your career

  • To have the best possible education

  • To stand out as an executive chef


  • Entrepreneurial

  • Non-conformist

  • Passionate

  • Creative

  • Defiant

People like you

The CIBers, our students, talk

Upcoming calls and prices

Your time is now

Early enrollment offers.

The sooner you enrol, the less you pay.

Next admission call

September 2023

€ 7,500


Apply now

Upcoming admission calls

May 2024

€ 6,375

Offer valid until 07/07/2023

€ 7,500



Apply now

September 2024

€ 6,375

Offer valid until 07/07/2023

€ 7,500



Apply now

What the price includes

Absolutely everything

Benefits of being a CIBerSon

The CIB is just the beginning

Cibers, students of the Culinary Institute of Barcelona cooking.

[ Attitude ]


Being a CIBer means being ready for tomorrow. They are united by this forward-thinking attitude and their goal of impacting the future by enhancing their surroundings.

  • Job opportunities

    Former CIB students have access to our job opportunities board. Restaurants, hotels and food production businesses know that when they hire students from the CIB, they are getting a high level of talent.

  • Entrepreneurship

    We nurture the talent that comes from our classrooms. Sometimes we have the honor of inviting this talent onto our team.

  • Events

    The CIB organizes and hosts many events, and you, as a student or alumnus, will always be more than welcome.

  • Networking

    When you finish your course, besides the knowledge you will have acquired, you’ll also have gained countless contacts of talented students from across the world, as well as your teachers. It will be up to you to make the most of them.

  • The next generation of teachers

    We keep an eye out for talent and nurture that which emerges from our classrooms. Sometimes we have the honor of incorporating this talent into our team.

  • Your continuous education

    CIBers will always have privileged access to our continuous education programs under the best conditions, including our postgraduate programs.

  • Use of the facilities

    The CIB will be available for you to accelerate your ideas, give your presentations or propose an activity whenever you need it.

Potential career paths as executive chefs

For whatever your future will be.

Here we teach you how to stand out.


  • Executive chef for groups of restaurants, hotels, resorts, etc.

  • Part of the management team of central kitchens and/or production of large complexes.

  • Launch your own business

  • Help your business to grow

  • Chef/product manager in FMCG[JD1]

  • Culinary manager of hotel or restaurant chains

  • Culinary development manager

Your competitive edge:

  • You will have learned about different business models, types and sizes and will be able to access more opportunities.

  • You will have been immersed in the role of an executive chef.

  • Your educational investment will pay off in a short period of time.

  • Your teachers will have been leading figures in the sector.

  • You will have been trained on the most focused program with the most current content on the market today.

  • Your training will have been 100% practical and focused on the role of an executive chef.

  • You will have created a first-class network of contacts.

  • As a CIBer, you will have access to specific job opportunities.

  • You will have acquired decision-making skills.

  • You will have developed lateral skills for leading professional kitchens.

  • You will know how to set optimal prices for different moments in the business' lifetime and manage stock.

  • You will be highly proficient in managing the costs of a restaurant.

  • Your training will be geared towards satisfying your customer, not your boss.

  • You will get a broad vision of the back & front of house of the catering business.

  • You will know how to use new digital tools involved in the profession.

  • You will have acquired a new international network of contacts.

The CIB admission process

Getting accepted by the CIB

At the CIB, we receive thousands of admissions requests, but only a certain number are accepted.

Candidate profiles are determined before each new enrollment period, and the Acceptance Committee strives to comply with the established criteria.

Only a handful of candidates pass the final phase.


  • To be over 18

  • To pass the Admissions Committee's assessment

At the CIB, we do not take your academic background into account. Instead, we look at your attitude and inclination towards creativity and innovation, as well as your entrepreneurial spirit and life experience. We believe in people, not CVs. That's why you should go for it.

  • 1

    Request information
    Send us your request and an advisor will call you as soon as possible to talk you through the process.
  • 2

    Send in your admission form
    Once you have spoken with the advisor, they will give you access to the admission form and advise you on how to complete it correctly. We want to know about you, how you live, how you think, what you're doing and what's important to you.
  • 3

    Assessment interview
    If we think you meet our criteria, you will go onto the interview phase. You will be able to arrange it for a time that suits you. We look at your attitude and inclination towards creativity and innovation as well as your entrepreneurial spirit and life experience. We believe in people, not CVs. That's why you should go for it.
  • 4

    Acceptance Committee
    The Acceptance Committee will look over your application on the Monday following your interview, and we will notify you of the result by email that same day.
  • 5

    In the same notification, we will explain how to reserve your place and to begin enrolling for the course. You will have 30 days to complete this process.
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