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Gran Chef Diploma

For people who want to become a professional chef with a global vision of restaurant kitchens, businesses and be specialists in their sector.

Candidate chef presenting a gastronomic elaboration.

Introduction to our professional chef career

Any school can teach you to be a chef.

But here you will learn how to tackle the gastronomic challenges of the 21st century.

The gastronomic sector demands increasingly qualified professionals, not only those who have mastered cooking techniques, but also those with lateral skills such as leadership, decision making, critical thinking, an awareness of responsibility and sustainability, efficient communication and a creative attitude. In short, people who can solve problems and find opportunities in the world of gastronomy.

Our students choose the chef career for many reasons, whether they are starting out in their culinary career, retraining after years in the restaurant business, or changing profession to become a chef or entrepreneur. They come from all over the world to undergo a transformation that allows them to stand out in the market.

The Gran chef diploma offers disruptive training in the gastronomic sector, designed to prepare, train and transform students into all-round chefs. Our pedagogical model is centered around creativity and innovation, two driving forces that help us keep ahead of the market and find the best solutions.

This professional chef's training combines four learning and developmental stages to transform you into a 360° chef

  1. Training to be a chef with the Haute Cuisine Chef Diploma
  2. Specializing as a chef by choosing from one of our four postgraduate courses: Integrative Healthy Cooking, Molecular Gastronomy, Professional Pastry Course or Fire Cuisine and Low Temperatures.
  3. Gaining foresight, pragmatism and management skills on the Executive Chef Diploma.
  4. Continuing your training with a six-month internship chosen to suit each student's abilities and preferences.

Two years of cultural immersion in the city of Barcelona. Study to become a chef amidst the international atmosphere that the CIB is so well known for, which transforms you and prepares you to become a chef with a global vision of the kitchen, of business and as a specialist in your sector.


Learning objectives

Become a chef with a global vision

How you will learn to become a professional chef

2,150 hours designed to transform

every day of your learning into a show

We do not teach you recipes, that would be teaching you to copy.

Here we teach you how to create, innovate and lead gastronomy in the 21st century.


CIB methodology

International internships where
you can continue learning with the CIB.

You’ll spend six months practicing everything you have learned while you continue your training in one of the many national and international restaurants with which the CIB has a collaboration agreement. These agreements adhere to our educational quality criteria and we monitor your progress as you continue on your journey to becoming a chef.

Memorable experiences to complement
your professional chef’s training

We are constantly creating dozens of unique experiences for each call.

Who is the gran chef diploma for?

For future chefs who want
to transform the gastronomic future and their own

Who chooses our Gran chef diploma?

Entrepreneurs from all over the world
who want to revolutionize the gastronomic sector

The CIB is for you if...


  • Barcelona is a leading city in international gastronomic innovation

  • Education today does not line up with 21st century reality

  • Education should allow for a positive work-life balance

  • Education is an investment in your future

  • Current culinary training is outdated

  • Education should be international


  • To take your career to the next level

  • To acquire the best education

  • To stand out from the crowd

  • To start your own business

  • To change your career


  • An entrepreneur

  • Passionate

  • Defiant

  • Creative

Opinions on the professional chef career

The CIBers, our students, talk

Prices and upcoming calls

Your time is now

Next admission call

September 2023

€ 35,658


Apply now

Upcoming admission calls

January 2024

€ 35,658


Apply now

May 2024

€ 35,658


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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 for chefs

For whatever your future will be.

Here we teach you how to stand out.


  • Chef

  • Head of innovation projects (R+D)

  • Co-owning in the culinary industry

  • Head of gastronomy in the food production and restaurant industries

  • Head of development for new projects

  • Gastronomic consultant

  • Restaurant director

  • Restaurant manager

  • Executive chef of any international restaurant and hotel chain

  • Food and Beverage (F&B)

  • Any departure from our culinary or managerial specializations

Your competitive edge:

  • You will have gained an in-depth understanding of products, unlike in other schools.

  • You will have developed cognitive and leadership skills allowing you to lead a world-class culinary team.

  • You will have the preparation to successfully join any multidisciplinary and international culinary team.

  • Your 360º vision of gastronomy, the culinary world, its products, technology and in all contexts.

  • You will have developed cognitive skills that will help you stand out with your team, your customers and suppliers.

  • You will be able to create, innovate and achieve your objectives faster than the rest.

  • You will have an advantage in restaurants or communities where the specialty you have chosen has influence.

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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