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Hospitality Discipline

Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts

Programme code HT114360

Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
(Planned Places)
International Culinary Institute - 50
Chinese Culinary Institute

(Class and training venues include but not limited to International Culinary Institute, VTC Pokfulam Complex, VTC Kowloon Bay Complex, Tin Shui Wai Training Centre, Chinese Training Restaurant and Western Training Restaurant at Pokfulam, The T Hotel, Training Café and Western Training Restaurant at Kowloon Bay.)

Admission Score (For reference)  (Note 1)
Average Result : 14
Score Range : 11 - 18
Programme Stream
Students may choose one of the following streams in the third semester, subject to their choice, academic performance and availability of places in the stream, so as to enhance their professional knowledge and skills in the respective study area:
  • Western Cuisine (ICI campus)
  • Chinese Cuisine (CCI campus)
Programme Aims
  • The programme prepares students to work in the vibrant and ever-growing catering industry, and develops their intellectual and professional competencies to meet the industry's demand for a new generation of chefs possessing not only multi-culinary and management skills, but also a professional mindset and work attitude
  • Provides a broad range of topics in Chinese & Western culinary arts, sciences and clusters of culinary stream specific modules to enhance student's knowledge and skills in national / international culinary arts, in order to help students realise their interests and career aspirations
  • Structured to guide students to attain knowledge in culinary niches and develop management know-how in culinary operations and catering businesses in a holistic manner 
Professional Recognition
Students who study food preparation and catering programmes are required to take the food hygiene and safety module.  Students who have attained the specified score or above at the relevant examination will be awarded the “Basic Food Hygiene Certificate for Hygiene Supervisors” which is recognised by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department in Hong Kong.
Graduates of Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts (Western Cuisine) who have at least one-year post-qualification work experience and minimum 22 years of age can sit for the “Certified Cook” Trade Test that is jointly offered by the International Culinary Institute and the Education Centre of the Hospitality Industry for Business & Management, Koblenz, Gastronomisches Bildungszentrum Koblenz e.V., IHK-Akademie Koblenz e.V.. Successful candidates will be awarded “Certified Cook”.
Graduates of Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts (Chinese Cuisine) can sit for the trade test offered by the Chinese Culinary Institute. Successful candidates will be awarded a Certificate for Chinese Chef (Elementary Level).
  1. Admission score in 2023 refers to score of the best 5 HKDSE subjects, including Chinese Language and English Language of admitted students in 2023. For reference only.
    (Scoring scale: 5**=7 points; 5*=6 points; 5=5 points; 4=4 points; 3=3 points; 2=2 points; 1=1 point)
  2. Except for modules of specific content, the medium of instruction for this programme is English.
  3. Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.
  4. Students enrolling for this programme must maintain the health standards required of a food handler throughout the duration of training. This encompasses taking a medical check, at students’ own expenses, which includes chest X-ray, urine routine, stool routine, stool culture, hepatitis A virus Ab lgG.
  5. For students who have a negative hepatitis A virus antibody result, a vaccine is recommended.
  6. Students are required to have a medical check, purchase the designated reference books, uniform and safety shoes where applicable, at their own costs. Institute reserves the rights not to admit students who fail to follow this clause.
  7. Items listed in the curriculum are key modules only, more modules are included in the programme.
  8. Upon completion of the food hygiene and safety module, students may sit for the “Level 2 Award in Food Safety and Hygiene” examination offered by the Royal Society for Public Heath (RSPH), UK at their own expense. Successful candidates will be awarded a certificate.
  9. Subject to training requirements, students may be arranged to attend lessons or to undergo practical training which may be scheduled on evenings, Saturdays, Sundays or Public Holidays at other campuses or venues.