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Executive Chef Diploma

For professional chefs who want to specialize in the management of multiple kitchens in international restaurants and hotels.

Students of the Executive Chef diploma working as a team during an outing.
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Managing a kitchen isn’t enough, you have to know how to do it well.

We train executive chefs with international vision to successfully run several professional kitchens at the same time.

At the CIB we aim to encourage the gastronomy professional in everything he or she sets out to do, understanding that one of the logical paths that any chef may want to take is to assume executive management and leadership in the kitchen.

Understanding the key aspects of creating the gastronomic offer of an establishment with one or several points of sale is essential for professional advancement. Because that means being better prepared to take on more executive responsibilities in a kitchen.

The Executive Chef Diploma is a program in which the student goes through all the functions of the Executive Management of professional kitchens. The role of Executive Chef is to be responsible for the production and service of the gastronomic offer of various points of sale or business units. They are the person of reference in the back of house, managing the processes from procurement to production, providing profitability, optimizing the company’s assets and resources, and ensuring the customer experience.

The fact that this program is concentrated in two days a week for three months makes it a suitable course for working professionals, enabling them to immediately put into practice what they learn thanks to its methodology which includes participative, experiential, practical sessions and workshops.

The syllabus features essential aspects of economic management, kitchen process management, kitchen management linked to business management, and human resource planning. Special attention is paid to the contents related to kitchen production and service provision in the various points of sale or business units, the management of outsourced services, key tools for integrated management and sales such as tSpoonLab, Cover Manager or Revo, and the optimization of delivery and takeaway catering formats.

Food safety is treated as an essential aspect and the vision of the future to recognize and differentiate between trends and novelties that are here to stay. In addition, the course includes outings and experiences to complement the training and apply it to real examples, and a set of sessions dedicated to developing self-management skills to be able to manage complex teams. Skills development focuses on creativity and innovation, efficient communication and teamwork.

This diploma is part of the Gran Chef Diploma career path and is designed for those who already know the operational functioning of a kitchen and who want to take their first step in management and be able to manage several different types of kitchens.

Culinary Institute of Barcelona students

Learning goals

Prepare today for what tomorrow will bring

How you will learn

160 hours designed to

make every day a new learning adventure.

Much more than just knowledge acquisition.

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



Memorable experiences
that will stay with you for the rest of your career

We are continuously creating dozens of unique experiences for each programme.


For who

If your goal is to:

The profile

Who you will interact with

Who should study at the CIB


  • Executive chef training is not up to date

  • Barcelona is an entrepreneurial hub of gastronomy

  • Training should enable balancing work and family life

  • Traditional training is not aligned with the 21st century

  • Training is an investment for your future

  • Training must be international


  • Have a highly recognized job position

  • Have the best professional training

  • Take a leap in your professional career

  • Set yourself apart and add value to your business

  • Improve the profitability of your business

  • Have a management approach in kitchens


  • Enterprising

  • Enthusiastic

  • Creative

  • A leader

  • Nonconformist

  • Defiant

People like you

What CIBers say

When and how much

The moment is yours

Early registration offers

The sooner you register, the less you will pay.

Next call for applications

September 2022

5,400 €

Offer valid until 02/02/2022

6,000 €



Apply now

Upcoming calls for applications

January 2023

5,100 €

Offer valid until 02/02/2022

6,000 €



Apply now

May 2023

5,100 €

Offer valid until 02/02/2022

6,000 €



Apply now

What the price includes

Absolutely everything

After CIB

Cibers, students of the Culinary Institute of Barcelona cooking.

[ Attitude ]


Being a CIBer is to be ready for tomorrow. This attitude is what unites them, as well as the goal of impacting the future by changing their surroundings.

After the CIB everything starts

  • Jobs board

    Former students of the CIB have access to our jobs board. The CIB guarantees a level of talent for restaurants, hotels and food production businesses.

  • Starting your own project

    The CIB is also an ecosystem for opportunities. We love to surround ourselves with talent and we know how to come along with you on the initial steps of your journey, helping you with your ideas and even assisting you in gaining financing.

  • The next generation of teachers

    We nurture the talent that comes from our classrooms. Sometimes we have the chance to bring this talent on to our team.

  • Next generation of teachers

    We are attentive to the talent that emerges from our classrooms and if the opportunity arises to join our team.

  • Networking

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

  • Your continuous education

    CIBers always have privileged access and the best conditions under which to keep learning on our continuous education programmes, post graduate programmes and Explorer Campus.

  • Use of the facilities

    Whenever you need it, the CIB will be available for you to use to accelerate your ideas, do your presentations or whatever your proposal is.

Career opportunities

Whatever your future may be.

Here we teach you how to stand out.


  • Executive chef of any international restaurant and hotel chain

  • Chef/product manager of mass consumption

  • Culinary director of hotel or restaurant chains

  • Corporate chef

  • Culinary development director

  • Entrepreneurship in the tourism sector

  • Gastronomic consultant in the Horeca sector

Your competitive edge:

  • Your mentors will have been working professionals.

  • You will have been trained to have decision-making skills.

  • Unlike other schools, you will have developed competitive management skills.

  • ou will have worked on Food Cost and will know how to transmit it to the rest of your teams.

  • You will know how to set optimal prices at different moments of the business or stock management.

  • You will command the cost engineering involved in a restaurant.

  • Your training will be oriented towards satisfying customers, not superiors.

  • You will have a broad vision of the back & front of house of the restaurant business.

  • You will be able to create memorable customer experiences.

  • You will understand the Horeca channel completely.

  • You will know how to handle new digital tools.

  • You will be up to date with the latest trends and be able to transform any business.

  • At the end of the postgraduate course you will have a clear idea of where to focus your professional future.

  • You will have had the opportunity to make connections in the industry.

  • You will have worked with people from all over the world.

Admissions process

Getting accepted by CIB

At the CIB, we receive thousands of admissions requests, but only a small amount of them reach the final acceptance phase.

The profile of our candidates is determined beforehand for each new intake and the Acceptance Committee strives to comply with the established criteria.

Only a handful of candidates pass the final phase.


  • Be over 18

  • Pass the Admissions Committee Assessment

At the CIB, we do not take into account your academic background. Instead we look at your attitude and inclination towards creativity and innovation, as well as your entrepreneurial spirit and your life experience. We believe in people, not curriculums. 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 admissions form
    Once you have spoken with the advisor, they will give you access to the admissions form and advise you on how to complete it successfully. We want to know about you, how you live, how you think, what you’re doing and what’s important for you.
  • 3

    Assessment interview
    If your motivation form stands out, you will pass to interview phase. You will be able to arrange it at your convenience. We look at your attitude and inclination towards creativity and innovation as well as your entrepreneurial spirit and your life experience. We believe in people, not curriculums. That's why you should go for it.
  • 4

    Acceptance Committee
    The Acceptance Committee will look over your application the Monday after your interview and that same day we will notify you by email.
  • 5

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