A certified culinary chef, with the knowledge and skills acquired during his training in IEK, can responsibly undertake the organization and proper function of a professional kitchen. He/she can prepare meals for small or large groups of people. A cooking chef also has knowledge in bakery and pastry.
RegistrationGraduates of secondary education schools, such as Vocational high schools, Technical high schools, General high schools and Multidisciplinary high schools, are allowed to enroll, according to m.d. 5954.
On completion of their training, graduates receive a Vocational Training Certificate. On the condition that they pass the examination organised by EOPPEP, they receive a level-5 Certificate in Vocational Training in their field.
Duration of studies
IEK studies include 5 terms (semesters). Four of these terms, that is 1,200 hours, are theoretical and laboratory classes, whereas in the 5th term students become interns and apprentices for 960 hours (Training Practice).
A culinary chef can work in the hotel and catering industry in the private and public sector. He/she must make sure that the kitchen is adequately stocked with ingredients. His/her main task is to prepare and garnish the dishes that have been selected by the maitre, the owner and himself/herself.