Food Design and Culinary Arts


Embrace and explore the concept of multisensory food design in your career as a chef, artisan food producer or entrepreneur.


Bachelor of Culinary Arts

The Bachelor of Culinary Arts is a world-leading degree that is taking New Zealand’s food culture to new heights! You’ll learn to apply design-thinking principles in the production and delivery of a variety of food and beverage experiences!



What is Food Design?

Develop the technical cooking skills, creative design techniques and business knowledge to become a leader within the ever-evolving world of food!

Design and create meaningful food dishes and products that fit your chosen career path – and learn from leading culinary educators in an environment that promotes creativity and innovation. 

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What is the learning process?

This programme prepares you to become a professional in the food industry and/or its related sectors. You will learn Food Design methods and philosophy, brand development and marketing skills in a project-based team environment.

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Delivery options

In addition to offering on-campus learning, we can recognise and give academic credit for existing skills and experience or previous qualifications.

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Career outcomes



The Bachelor of Culinary Arts equips you for a dynamic career in a range of food-related industries.

You could work in culinary leadership roles in professional kitchens, or as an artisan food producer. Other avenues include food sales, marketing and brand development; food styling and food writing; and food education, policies and systems. Opportunities may also arise for business management roles, entrepreneurship and self-employment.


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Research in Culinary Arts

Our research creates innovative experiences, increases sustainability, underpins our teaching, and contributes to industry understanding.

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Located on Harbour Terrace, Manaaki offers a diverse menu, excellent service and a cosy, ambient environment for lunchtime and evening dining.

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Food Truck

Inspired food experiences from our talented Bachelor of Culinary Arts students during the warmer seasons! From tacos, nachos, Korean noodles to Chinese buns to challenge your taste buds!

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Eden Markets

In conjunction with the weekly Eden markets, students within the Eden Incubator design food experiences for external clients. This allows students to take a real-world approach to their studies, while being mentored by industry professionals.

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Make brewing your career

Ideal if you’re new to the industry or a long-time home brewer, learn the art and science of brewing from the ground up! 


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Adrian Woodhouse

Associate Professor, Head of Programmes 
Food Design

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Chloe Humphreys

Academic Leader, Senior Lecturer
Food Design