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Gran chef diploma

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

Professors and students of the Gran Chef Diploma of the Culinary Institute of Barcelona cooking school in a challenge.
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It’s not enough to be a chef.

Here we train prepared chefs for the 21st century.

With 2,150 hours and almost 2 years of duration, the Great Chef Diploma is the star combines program of the Culinary Institute of Barcelona. Divided into three teaching phases plus six months of stage, it provides the student with extraordinary training for the challenges and projects that the market holds.

In addition to taking our most demanded program, the Haute Cuisine Chef Diploma, the student chooses to live and study any of the four culinary specializations (Molecular, Healthy, Fire Cuisine and Low Temperatures or Pastry and Chocolate) and one management specialization that allow directing any kitchen in the world (Executive Chef).

Completing the educational and professional experience with six months of practice in any of the many restaurants in the world with which CIB has a pedagogical agreement according to the abilities and preferences of each student.

This career has been designed to prepare, train and transform the students into a 360 degree chef, with a specialized professional horizon with the business vision and leadership of the branch of their choice. Providing tools and attitude to break down the barriers that prevents creativity as a resource to find better solutions before others, the innovation to stay ahead of the market, and look to the near future to know how to adapt to changes.

This singular and unique program in the world is designed so that the student lives a horizontal, synchronous, multidirectional training experience based on doubt so as not to have to copy or replicate recipes, but to be able to create, solve, innovate and generate competitive advantages in the market living learning in every way.

At the end of the degree, student will have experienced personal and professional growth that will allow them to undertake or exersice a leadership position in any kitchen in th world with a preparation worthy of the 21st century.


Learning aims

Prepare and distinguish yourself
for the cuisine of the 21st century

How you will learn

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 the kitchen of the 21st century.



International internships in restaurants where
you can continue learning with CIB.

For three or six months you will put into practice much of what 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 under the criteria of educational quality and we monitor your progress.

Memorable experiences
for the rest of your professional life

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



For who?


Who will you share with?

Who is right for this program


  • Culinary training offered is outdated

  • Education is an investment for my future

  • Education in general is distant from the realities of the 21st century

  • Education should be international

  • Education should allow for both a family life and a professional life

  • Barcelona is a leading city in international gastronomic innovation


  • To give a boost to your career

  • To gain the best education

  • To change your profession

  • To stand out from the crowd

  • To start your own business


  • An entrepreneur

  • Passionate

  • Challenging

  • Creative

People like you

The CIBers, our students, talk

Upcoming calls and prices

The moment is yours

Next call for applications

September 2022

€ 33,787


Apply now

Upcoming calls for applications

January 2023

€ 33,787


Apply now

May 2023

€ 33,787


Apply now

What the price includes

Absolutely everything

Set of professional knives, uniform and equipment of The Culinary Institute of Barcelona Cooking School

Benefits of being a CIBer

The CIB is just the beginning

Cibers, students of the Culinary Institute of Barcelona cooking.

[ Attitude ]


Being a CIBer means being ready for tomorrow. This attitude unites them, as does their goal of impacting the future by enhancing their surroundings.

  • Job board

    Former CIB students have access to our jobs board. The CIB guarantees a high 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 support you on the first steps of your journey, helping you to develop your ideas and even to secure financing.

  • Events

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

  • Entrepreneurship

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

  • Next generation of teachers

    We keep an eye on the talent that emerges from our classrooms and if the opportunity arises, there may be an opportunity to join our team.

  • Networking

    When you finish your course, besides the knowledge you will have acquired, you’ll also have gained 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 will always have privileged access to the best conditions under which to keep learning on our continuous education programs, post graduate programs and through our Explorer Campus.

  • Use of the facilities

    Whenever you need it, the CIB will be available for you to accelerate your ideas, do your presentations or propose an activity.

Career opportunities

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.

Admissions process:

Getting accepted by the CIB

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

Candidates' profile is determined beforehand for 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 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 to you.
  • 3

    Assessment interview
    If we think you meet our criteria, you will pass 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 that same day we will notify you by email.
  • 5

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