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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.

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Introduction to the professional chef course

It's not enough to be a chef.

Here we train chefs for the 21st century.

The gastronomy sector is changing and evolving at an unstoppable pace.

New market trends, respect for the product, entrepreneurship, leadership in restaurant businesses, a forward-thinking outlook and our responsible impact on sustainability make up the DNA of the program that trains the next generation of chefs.

People from around the world decide to transform their lives by taking the haute cuisine chef diploma for all different reasons, whether they are starting out in their culinary career, re-training after years of working in the industry, or changing career paths to become a chef or culinary entrepreneur.

The Culinary Institute of Barcelona's chef course is arguably the most up-to-date and impactful culinary training program in the world and offers our students a radical transformation of their professional trajectory. In just a few short weeks, our students are capable of creating things that no one has ever done before, not just because of the in-depth knowledge they acquire about the product, the technology or the context, but because we focus our entire educational model on inspiring creativity and culinary innovation.

The program fosters the development of lateral skills, such as managing oneself, others and businesses; it teaches students how to lead, communicate and use storytelling to create memorable dining experiences; it enhances their social and professional attitudes to strengthen their leadership in the kitchen, all of which is taught in an evolutionary and cross-disciplinary way through challenges that put our students and their skills to the test. It is an intensive and focused program that prepares you to enter the professional world after just eight months of classes and three or six months of supervised internships in restaurants. An educational experience within the CIB's characteristic international ecosystem in the city of Barcelona, one of the gastronomic capitals of the world and the number one choice for studying cooking.

Taught by more than 70 renowned leaders in international cuisine, this program is the gateway to the CIB's combined programs. This diploma will help you lay the foundations of professional cooking upon which you can continue your build your training and enjoy incredible results.

The following combined programs include the Haute Cuisine Chef Diploma:
  1. Grand Chef Diploma: to become a chef with a global understanding of how kitchens operate by choosing from a variety of specialization courses.
  2. Specialist Chef Diploma in Integrative and Healthy Cooking: For future chefs nutritionists who want to kick start their career in healthy cooking.
  3. Specialist Chef Diploma in Sweet Cuisine: For those who want to master professional cooking and enter the world of pastry and chocolate making.
  4. Executive Chef Diploma: For those who want to lead professional kitchens with a 360º understanding of the gastronomic business.

Learning objectives

Prepare for 21st century cooking

How you will learn to become a haute cuisine chef

1,352 hours designed to transform

every day of your learning into a show

We don’t teach you recipes, that would be copying.

You'll learn to create and innovate for 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.

Experiences you'll remember
as a professional chef

Being a chef also means discovering raw materials and how they are consumed and transformed responsibly and sustainably.

Who is the haute cuisine chef diploma for?

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

Who chooses the professional chef course?

Entrepreneurial people from all over the world
who want to revolutionize the industry.

The CIB is for you if...


  • Current culinary training programs are outdated

  • Education is an investment in your future

  • Education in general fails to reflect the realities of the 21st century

  • Education should be international

  • Education should allow for a positive work-life balance

  • Barcelona is a gastronomic hub


  • To start your own business

  • To change your career

  • To gain the best education

  • To become a great chef

  • To stand out from the crowd


  • An entrepreneur

  • Passionate

  • Creative

  • A leader

  • A non-conformist

  • Defiant

Opinions on the professional chef course

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

€ 24,200


Apply now

Upcoming admission calls

January 2024

€ 21,780

Offer valid until 07/07/2023

€ 24,200



Apply now

May 2024

€ 20,570

Offer valid until 07/07/2023

€ 24,200



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 for chefs

For whatever your future holds.

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 that from any other school.

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

  • You will be prepared 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 though.

  • 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.

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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