About

This two-year course is designed to equip students with the skills necessary for a career in culinary arts. The programme puts particular emphasis on food production skills as well as managerial aspects. The two industry placement semesters as well as the practical duties during the theory semesters make Alpine's graduates highly employable in the catering, food and beverage related industries.

The Swiss Alpine Diploma in Culinary Arts at Alpine Center consists of two academic semesters (October to April) and two paid industry placements (May to September) and is delivered in an actual hotel campus, in order to offer students opportunities for learning by doing, i.e. the reputed Swiss formula. Equal emphasis is given to acquiring knowledge on operations and management and to applying it in a real working environment.

Description

In their first year of studies, students of the culinary arts diploma become familiar with essential knowledge in the cooking profession such as food safety, hygiene, the HACCP system, culinary theory, menu planning and design etc. In parallel with the theoretical classes, the culinary arts diploma students work in an actual hotel kitchen in Alpine's hotel campus, and are involved in the mass production of food from several different cuisines on a daily basis. This ensures not only a thorough introduction to culinary theory, but a familiarization with real-life situations and challenges.

During the second year, students continue to develop their theoretical and technical knowledge by studying advanced aspects of nutrition, menu engineering, Mediterranean cuisine and advanced cooking methods and culinary techniques, but also build their management skills by studying subjects such as bar and beverage theory, restaurant management, food and beverage planning and control and managerial accounting.

Particular emphasis is placed on developing professional competences such as effective communication, information technology, customer care, teamwork, leadership etc. by incorporating relevant 'professionalism seminars' into the curriculum and assessing students on their professional attitude as well as academic performance.

This combination of learning approaches expertly epitomized by Alpine for more than 27 years has led to the professional success and recognition of more than 3000 graduates, who are employed in distinguished managerial positions in the worldwide hospitality industry.

Content

The culinary arts diploma curriculum has been devised in collaboration with Alpine's Industry Advisory Board which consists of reputable professionals from different fields including chefs, food and beverage experts, hospitality executives etc., which provides advice and valuable insights on the necessary skills and knowledge that future professionals and leaders in this industry should possess. The exact breakdown of modules is as follows:

Year 1

  • Food Commodities & Culinary Principles
  • Food Production and Practicals 1
  • Food Science, Hygiene & HACCP
  • Academic Research & Writing I: Critical Perspective
  • Diversity & Social Inclusion for Hospitality & Tourism
  • Menu Planning and Design
  • Finance For Hospitality & Tourism Managers
  • Managing People and Organisations

Year 2

  • Food Production Theory & Practicals II
  • Academic Research and Writing II: Structure and Process
  • Nutrition in Menu Planning
  • Restaurant Operations Management
  • Food & Beverage Planning & Control
  • Financial Planning For Business
  • Human Resource Management in Tourism and Hospitality
  • Work Experience with Personal Development Planning
  • Bar and Beverage Theory

What you will learn:

  • Thorough knowledge  about food commodities and nutrition.
  • Kitchen fundamentals such as knife skills  and sanitation
  • Hands-on  practical skills  in food production including cooking methods and later on advanced cooking techniques and Menu Planning
  • International, Mediterranean & Ethnic cuisines
  • Baking & Pastry
  • Teamwork, kitchen organization and  management
  • F&B Management, and Restaurant Operations
  • Soft skills including teamwork, communication, problem-solving, empathy and emotional intelligence, flexibility and adaptability

Passion is the thing that will help you create the highest expression of your talent!

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What our Alpiner’s Say:

I gained more than I bargained for thanks to the Alpine family with the chance to interact with individuals from different corners of the world and society, network with successful professionals and organizations ...read more

Alpine Center gives great opportunities to its students, and as a Culinary Arts graduate I really want to thank all the teachers as they have done the best job. ...read more

I have completed my most unforgettable internship in the luxurious 5-star St Regis Hotel in Doha, Qatar:  a 5 months’ internship filled with challenges, learning new skills and techniques ...read more

Hospitality Management was not my first choice but it was my final one, I had a passion to work with the people and help the environment. ...read more

Patrick Loutfi-Spa Management Specialization

Patrick Loutfi

Spa Management Specialization 2010

Alpine Center provides courses that cover a wide and valuable range of issues concerning the spa industry and how to operate a spa facility efficiently and effectively. ...read more

My learning experience was beyond expectations. I obtained a sound grasp of the global event industry and advanced my skills in event management. ...read more

I would highly recommend Alpine Center to potential students who wish to build a career in the challenging world of hospitality, and to gain international work experience. ...read more

Sandra Preye Nelson Charpidou-BA(Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management

Sandra Preye Nelson Charpidou

BA(Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management 2020

The program of study is so comprehensive that now at the end of my studies I can’t just believe how much I have learned about the details that are so important and make a difference in a successful hotel operation. ...read more

Swiss Alpine Center, one of the premier Hospitality & Tourism Business Schools in Europe, was my first and final choice when I decided to further my education. ...read more

Panagiotis Grigoriou-Swiss Alpine Diploma in Hotel Management

Panagiotis Grigoriou

Swiss Alpine Diploma in Hotel Management 2019

I find the training I have received at the Four Seasons Astir Vouliagmeni, prior to its opening, most inspiring. I feel privileged and can foresee a brilliant career ahead of me. ...read more

To achieve my goals, I trusted with all my heart Swiss Alpine Center, which provided me great learning opportunities, encouraged me all the way for self-improvement and rendered this lifelong education process an exciting journey that one does not want to end. ...read more

I took control of my professional development and studied at my own pace and on my own schedule. Two years later I am so pleased to have learned so much and have earned the prestigious awards from both Alpine & AHLEI. ...read more

I’ve been given the opportunity to meet people from all over the world who soon became like my second family, as well as the doorstep to travel the world both while I study and later when I begin working. ...read more

Distance Learning is ideal for working people who want to raise the bar and move forward in their career! ...read more

The biggest thank you to all to all my lecturers over the years. You were the best I could ever hope for! ...read more

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