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The Basic Cuisine programme (Basic Certificate) opens the door to the adventures of French cuisine. From day one, you begin to master the basic skills: from how to hold a knife properly, to how to peel vegetables or how to truss a chicken. As the term progresses, techniques are layered on one another, and become more complex. Demonstrations become more menu-oriented, incorporating such elements as organisation, preparation, balance and timing. Students also learn how to use and integrate condiments, herbs and spices into their recipes producing a variety of flavours which complement the dishes prepared. As a solid grounding in basic cuisine, this programme is for beginners and experienced students alike.

4 intakes per year: January, April, July, October (or late September)

Key Information

Duration: 10 weeks

Price: NZD 13,200.00 (Subject to change)

Fees Include: 2x uniforms (jacket, trousers, hat, necktie), ZWILLING Knife Tool Kit, All Ingredients, Course Materials, Exams, Graduation.

Hours per week: Approximately 20-25 hours

Entry Requirements: IELTS score (or test equivalent) of 5.0 overall, with no band lower than 5.0 

16 years old (no upper age limit)

Course Details

  • Course Structure

    Schedule / Course Structure: Classes are taught across 3 - 5 days a week. Each day begins with 2.5 – 3 hours of observation in our state-of-the-art demonstration lecture theatre, followed by 3 – 4 hours of practical work in the specialised cuisine kitchens and 2 hours of self-directed theory, for a total of 24 hours per week.

    Assessment: Assessment is achievement-based. A grade is awarded based on the cumulative marks gained. Students are assessed on practical skills at the end of each day. Summative practical and theory tests are completed at the end of each certificate. Students will receive an assessment schedule and detail about the assessment requirements at the beginning of the programme.

  • Study Modules

    Study Modules

    • French culinary terms and definitions
    • The use and care of cookery equipment
    • Working in a safe and hygienic manner
    • Food preparation and mise en place
    • Work organisation and planning
    • Introduction to French Cuisine
    • French classical cooking techniques
    • Variations of cooking methods
    • Fonds de Cuisine and foundation sauces production
    • Commodities - Product recognition
  • Who is the programme for?
    Anyone over the age of 16 who is interested in getting a basic understanding of the french culinary arts. Entry Criteria: IELTS 5.0 16 years old (no upper age limit)
  • Term Dates & Apply

    Term Dates & Prices

    Select a date
    Jan 10, 2022 - Mar 19, 2022 ( Standard , in English )
    NZD 13,200.00
    Apr 4, 2022 - Jun 18, 2022 ( Standard , in English )
    NZD 13,200.00
    Jul 11, 2022 - Sep 17, 2022 ( Standard , in English )
    NZD 13,200.00
    Oct 3, 2022 - Dec 10, 2022 ( Standard , in English )
    NZD 13,200.00
    Jan 9, 2023 - Mar 18, 2023 ( Standard , in English )
    NZD 13,200.00
    Apr 3, 2023 - Jun 17, 2023 ( Standard , in English )
    NZD 13,200.00
    Jul 10, 2023 - Sep 16, 2023 ( Standard , in English )
    NZD 13,200.00
    Oct 2, 2023 - Dec 9, 2023 ( Standard , in English )
    NZD 13,200.00

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