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Haute Cuisine Chef Diploma

For those with a creative and innovative vision of the future, who want to turn their love for everything culinary into a profession.

Professor and students of the Haute Cuisine Chef Diploma of the Culinary Institute of Barcelona cooking school
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It’s not enough to be a chef.

Here we train chefs for the 21st century.

When you receive a Chef’s Diploma from the CIB, it’s much more than getting just a professional cooking qualification or doing a chef’s course. The Chef’s Haute Cuisine Diploma from the CIB is part of the chef’s professional qualification (the Grand Chef’s Diploma) and guarantees that students are able to innovate and create, improving what already exists and doing things that nobody has ever done before.

This is an 11-month programme in which students from all cultural backgrounds come together from across the world. This course takes place within the backdrop of the city of Barcelona, where you will not only learn cooking techniques, but you will also gain valuable experience that will be with you for the rest of your life.

The Chef’s Diploma requires a high performance from students. This is not only in their culinary practice. The course brings with it an intense immersion in the future of international gastronomy, as well as the development of these skills and the enhancement of the attitudes required of a chef in the 21st century.

Culinary Institute of Barcelona students

Learning aims

Get ready to cook in the 21st century

How you will learn

1,390 hours designed so that each day

is a show for your learning

We don’t teach you recipes, that would be teaching you to copy.

Here we teach you to create, innovate and lead in 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?


Who will you share with?

Who is right for this program


  • Education in the culinary industry is old fashioned

  • Education is an investment in 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 gastronomic centre


  • To start your own business

  • To change your profession

  • To gain the best education

  • To become a great chef

  • To stand out from the crowd


  • Are an entrepreneur

  • Are passionate

  • Are creative

  • Are a leader

  • Are a non-conformist

  • Challenge the status quo

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

January 2021

22,000 €


Apply now

Upcoming calls for applications

May 2022

22.000 €


Apply now

September 2022

19,800 €

Offer valid until 02/02/2022

22.000 €



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What the price includes

Absolutely everything

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

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

For whatever your future will be.

Here we teach you how to stand out.


  • Chef

  • Head of production

  • Sous chef

  • Co-owning in the culinary industry

  • Head of innovation (R+D)

  • Executive chef

  • Head of gastronomy in the food production and restaurant industries

  • Head of development for new projects

  • Gastronomic consultant

  • Head of food quality and safety in the restaurant industry

  • Head of gastronomic events and activities

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 all contexts will shine.

  • 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.

Admissions process:

Getting accepted by the 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 we think your form meets our criteria, 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.