What is the typical hierarchical structure in the kitchen?

Also known as the Kitchen Brigade, we have:

Executive Head Chef is in charge of everything from the menu creation to staff management and quality control.  This is the highest level a Chef can achieve.

Sous Chef is the second in command to the Executive Head Chef and may be required to stand in for the Executive Head Chef from time to time.  The Sous Chef may be responsible for staff rosters and similar responsibilities.

Chef de Partie is in charge of a particular section of the kitchen/production such as grill, sauces or roast.

Commi Chef is immediately below the Chef de Partie and is the apprentice chef of the kitchen/establishment.

How much does my course cost, and how do I pay?

The investment fee is available on our course details, and is payable via secure online payment options.  Your course fee would be payable online at the point of registration.

How long do I have to complete my qualification?

This depends on the time frame outlined on the course you have decided on.  Because our online courses are self-paced, you can complete your courses before, but not after the stipulated time frame.

Can I skip lessons or do I have to do them in order?

No.  To ensure our students get complete benefit from each module, our courses are developed in a specific order.

Is there a shopping list for each lesson?

Yes, you will receive a full list of ingredients required for each practical assignment of your study units.

Will my qualification be recognized in industry?

This is course dependent.  You will receive a Digital Badge, and a Certificate of Achievement for our Specialised Courses from International Culinary Studio.

Depending on what you decide, some courses do have the option to complete with accreditation through City & Guilds.

All our Professional Cooking Courses are certified by City & Guilds.

City & Guilds (UK) (No 843257) is the United Kingdom’s leading vocational awarding body, offering more than 500 qualifications in over 28 industry sectors, through 8500 approved centers in around 100 countries worldwide.

Is the qualification internationally recognised?

Yes, our Professional Cooking Courses are internationally recognised.  International Culinary Studio is responsible for enrolling students, providing tuition, and assessment towards a learning programme, which is approved by an International Body.

What are the minimum course requirements?

In order to successfully complete the qualification, you will need to:

  • Be 16 years of age, or older
  • Have successfully completed 10 years of schooling
  • Be working in, or be able to work part time, at least a minimum number of hours in a commercial kitchen to meet the City & Guilds Criteria – per course.
  • Be able to read and communicate in English
  • International Students – IELTS score of 5.5, with no less than 5.0 per band
  • Have access to the web, e-mail (with a valid e-mail address), a scanner, a printer and a digital photographic device
  • Have access to a reasonably equipped kitchen
  • Be computer literate with the ability to upload and download documents and photographs / video clips
  • Be able to travel to your closest City & Guilds examination centre to write your final exam/s, if this option is considered.

Can I do the course using a tablet / smartphone?

Yes, you would have to download the specific applications available at the Appstore and Google Play Store.

Do I write tests / exams?

Yes, you will be expected to submit formative assignments / tasks for both the theoretical and practical elements of your studies.  You will also submit summative practical assignments / tasks, which you will do in front of a Mentor Chef, Assessor for assessment.  These are submitted at various stages during the course in order for your International Culinary Studio Chef Instructor to assess your comprehension and ability, and to guide you towards your final examination, which is held at the City & Guilds examination centre nearest to you.

How do I gain practical experience and knowledge doing an online course?

In your course material you will be guided through the practical aspects of the course and be expected to practice these in a reasonably resourced kitchen.  You will be able to access live streaming, webinars and video clips of various cooking activities.

You will be guided through practical tasks by your study guides and online recipe textbook, and will need to submit various forms of evidence to your International Culinary Studio Chef Instructor, who will assess your work and assist you wherever necessary.

These aspects of the practical side of your course will prepare you for your Summative Practical Assignments, with your Mentor Chef (who you will appoint) and your internship.

When do I get my study material?

Your study material will be available online.  As you progress through a study unit, and reach the specified outcomes for that unit, the following unit will be made available for you.

Where do I write my exams?

As the qualification is approved by City & Guilds, all exams are written at an approved examination centre.  You will be advised of the City & Guilds exam venue closest to you with their approval, and, will in turn, be registered to write at that examination venue.

How do I submit my assignments / tests?

All students have a unique profile on our Student Portal where they have access to their study material, assignments, the Chef Instructor and the Student Administrator.  It is via this system that assignments / tasks will be either done online, or downloaded, completed, uploaded for marking.

Where is my nearest City & Guilds examination centre?

City & Guilds has more than 10 000 training centers across the world that are suitable for invigilated examinations.  It is important to note, however, that as your course is done online, you will only need to visit your closest City & Guilds centre when it is time for you to write your exam/s.

Do I have access to an Instructor?

Yes, you will be introduced to your online Chef Instructor when you have been enrolled on the course.  You will be able to access your Instructor using your Student Log in whenever you need assistance or information.  Your Instructor will also check in on you on a regular basis.

How often will I have contact with my Instructor?

Your Chef Instructor will stay in contact with you on a regular basis.  You will also have the ability to chat with your Instructor as and when required.  Though time differences might not always allow for immediate response, we endeavor to respond in the shortest time possible.

Do I have access to any other International Culinary Studio students?

Yes, you will be part of an online forum via the student portal.  In addition, we try to make your learning experience as much fun as possible and have therefore introduced interactions on various Social Media platforms.

Will I receive a credit / exemption for any previous qualification obtained?

Yes, this would be possible if the qualification forms part of the relevant City & Guilds qualification.  This however, would be assessed on- an individual basis upon registration using our Recognition of Prior Learning Process.

What is the difference between Formative and Summative Assessments?

Formative assessments are generally used to monitor a student and to provide the student with feedback that can assist him/her in achieving the final qualification, i.e. it forms part of the preparation for a final examination or assessment.

Summative assessments have much higher ‘stakes’ and are generally used at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard or benchmark.