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A Programme Connecting Culinary Arts and Nutrition with Food Trends

Designed to support the growing interest in health within restaurants, cafés and retail, the Diploma in Gastronomy, Nutrition & Food Trends is a 3 month gastronomy course based on the principles of nutrition and food science, and their application within culinary arts in alignment with current and future food trends.

"Seven in ten adults are trying to eat healthier at restaurants
than they did two years ago."
National Restaurant Association

This full-time diploma ensures that future industry professionals can effectively respond to consumer interest in health, wellness and nutritious foods without compromising on sustainability or culinary creativity.

The course integrates the principles of nutrition into culinary arts in order to create innovative, inspiring and highly nutritious meals. It aims at building a foundation which will enable you to progress in your future food industry career.

This programme will provide a holistic approach to food and nutrition through lectures, culinary demonstrations and practical application.

This course does not focus on teaching fundamental hands-on culinary techniques. If you are keen to learn practical culinary skills, we suggest that you consider one of our practical Cuisine or Pâtisserie diplomas or certificates. Students also study the Diplomas in Plant-Based Culinary Arts before or having completed this course.


2 intakes each year: Spring and Autumn


Key information

Duration: 204 hours over 3 months
Price: £8,335
Diploma fees include: learning materials and uniform kit*
Hours per week: approximately 20 hours
Entry requirements: eligibility to study in the UK, evidence of English language. All students must be aged 18 years or over.

Please note that in order to successfully complete culinary programmes at Le Cordon Bleu students may be required to handle live shellfish, prepare and use veal stock, take part in practical butchery classes on beef, pork and chicken, and handle alcoholic beverages within a culinary context which may be specific to their programme.

*Please note all cooking equipment including knives are provided in our kitchen for use during the practical sessions only. The uniform kit excludes the knife kit.

Gastronomy and Nutrition Diploma Details

  • Course Structure

    This Level 4 diploma is based on the principles of nutrition and food science, and their application within culinary arts. It is composed of: 

    • Gastronomy and Food Trends (18 hours): this unit reflects on gastronomy and the evolution of food trends, culture, eating habits and diet. Students will attend lectures and seminars on food trends and the current health and wellness industry. Gastronomy topics will include cheese lectures, wine appreciation, teas, herbs and key influential global ingredients such as the cocoa bean.
    • Nutritional Principles (30 hours): understand the basic principles of nutrition and diet and the effect of food and eating habits on health. Important nutritional topics will be covered such as macro and micro nutrients, dietary requirements, hydration, effects of diet on health and disease. Students will be introduced to specialised nutrition topics such as nutrition in sport, eating disorders and diet related illnesses. Discussion will be based around ingredients, food choices and optimum health. The Nutrition Principles module is taught by a registered qualified Dietitian.
    • Science of Food (30 hours): the science behind cooking is essential to understand food choice and how the body manages food. A range of topics will be explored from a food science perspective such as grains, food preservation techniques, fermentation and pickling. Culinary techniques such as yoghurt making and blending spices will be demonstrated. Topics such as recipe writing, altering and adjusting recipes for special dietary requirements, reducing sugar and dairy alternatives will be explored. This module is taught through various culinary and pastry demonstrations and lectures and also include sensory evaluations on how to taste food and Sport nutrition.
    • Sustainable Food Systems (18 hours): current trends in sustainability will be discussed such as urban gardens, growing food in controlled environments and foraging. Key food industry issues will be explored such as food waste, origin of food, authenticity, seasonality and food policy. This module includes various lectures from guest speakers.
    • Practical Nutrition (60 hours): students will be introduced to practical culinary skills in a professional kitchen environment with focus on a blend of classical and current techniques, food safety, kitchen organisation, and correct use of equipment. The practical culinary classes will emphasise healthy cuisine, global flavours, and students will learn a variety of practical techniques alongside sensory evaluation skills. The unit will cover a variety of topics such as food preservation, snack food innovation, seafood, cooking with underutilised ingredients. This module is taught through cooking and baking classes with different focuses based on food trends.          
    • Food Safety & Microbiology (21 hours): successful completion of the unit certifies students to Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Hygiene in Catering, awarded by the (RSPH) Royal Society of Public Health. Food Safety is of principle importance in the study of food and nutrition for students to gain a clear perspective of the nature of food, safe food principles in preparation and production along with current food law.
    • Food Business, Media & Marketing (18 hours): introduction to the business aspects of the food industry to gain knowledge and skills of business practices and processes in the health food industry. Marketing, social media, brand development and nutrition in the media and business will be focal points of this unit.
    • Nutrition, Communications & Research (9 hours): is an integral part of the programme which draws on current nutritional research and provides an aid to the assessment process. Students will complete a series of assessments which cover all units of the programme. This module includes tutorials, restaurant visit and assessment preparation.
  • Who is this programme for?

    The Diploma in Gastronomy, Nutrition and Food Trends is recommended for students who want to gain knowledge of food from a nutrition perspective along with culinary skills in cooking for health in the context of the current food industry.

    We welcome students from a variety of different educational and occupational backgrounds. This programme is suitable for students who wish to:

    • Gain an introductory level of nutrition knowledge related to the current food industry
    • Expand their knowledge of gastronomy and learn practical culinary skills in a professional kitchen alongside recipe writing and adaption.
    • Gain practical culinary and kitchen management skills which can be applied to a professional kitchen.
    • Learn culinary business skills such as branding, social media, recipe costing for the food industry.
    • Gain practical experience in developing recipes and concept development in food and beverages.
    • Explore a variety of gastronomy topics, traditional culinary practices and new food innovations through a series of Gastronomy lectures.
  • What qualifications will I gain?
    Successful graduates of the Diploma in Gastronomy, Nutrition and Food Trends will earn a Le Cordon Bleu qualification celebrated in many countries across the world.

    This diploma course has been accredited as a “Customised Qualification” by national awarding organisation NCFE, and the course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 4 using Ofqual’s Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level descriptors.

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    Sep 27, 2024 - Dec 13, 2024 ( Standard )
    Mar 28, 2025 - Jun 20, 2025 ( Standard )
    Sep 26, 2025 - Dec 12, 2025 ( Standard )

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