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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.

More than 70 leading names from the international gastronomy stage teach on this program, which forms part of the training that leads to the Grand chef diploma. It demands a committed performance and involvement from students, not only in terms of culinary practice and learning, but also in terms of immersing themselves in the future of gastronomy and developing skills and aptitudes required by 21st century chefs.

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Learning aims

Prepare for 21st century cooking

How you will learn to become a haute cuisine chef

1,390 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.

Content

Methodology

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.

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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...

IF YOU BELIEVE THAT

  • 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

IF YOUR GOAL IS

  • 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

IF YOU

  • Are an entrepreneur

  • Are passionate

  • Are creative

  • Are a leader

  • Are a non-conformist

  • Want to challenge the status quo

Opinions on the professional chef course

The CIBers, our students, talk

Upcoming calls and prices

The moment is yours

Early registration offers

The sooner you register, the less you will pay.

Next call for applications

September 2022

€ 22,000

LAST PLACES

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Upcoming calls for applications

January 2023

€ 19,800

Offer valid until 08/06/2022

€ 22,000

-10%

LAST PLACES WITH OFFER

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May 2023

€ 18,700

Offer valid until 08/06/2022

€ 22,000

-15%

LIMITED PLACES WITH OFFER

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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

Benefits of being a CIBer

The CIB is just the beginning

Cibers, students of the Culinary Institute of Barcelona cooking.

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CIBers

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.

Potential career paths for chefs

For whatever your future holds.

Here we teach you how to stand out.

Careers:

  • 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.

CIB admission 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.


Requirements

  • 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

    Registration
    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.