Professional Chef ( English)

During your education as a Professional Chef you study while you work in the hospitality industry.

Do you have a knack for cooking and do you want to develop your love for this trade? During your education you realize your ambition to become a professional chef.  At the Horeca Academie the lessons are used for practice only.

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Max. 14 people
€ 4.550,- or €455- per month
1 year
Branch Industry diploma

What does the curriculum contain?

This course leads to a diploma recognised by the Hospitality industry.  During the course as a Professional Chef (level 2)you have practical classes once a week at the Horeca Academie. The rest of the time you spend working in a kitchen as an apprentice chef. For the whole year you will attend a special apprenticeship program in a restaurant. At the Horeca Academie, all our courses have been developed in close collaboration with the industry. Our teachers are professionals from the industry. We are committed to innovation and stay on top of any new developments in the culinary industry. At the Horeca Academie our curriculum contains mainly a hands on and practical approach.

Throughout the 10 months tuition, you attend classes once a week. Always the same day in the week, so this does not affect your apprentice schedule.

The classes are threefold.

1. Restaurant class: You cook for our guests in the Horeca Academie restaurant. This is a three-course meal based on the themes of the curriculum.

2. Cooking-Lab class: Again you cook, this time not for guests, but to explore and to experiment with the products that fit the curriculum theme. You start this class with examining the product table. What is it? How do I keep it fresh? What can I do with it?

3. Immerse knowledge class: any subject that needs a little bit more attention is handled in this class. Subjects like special allergies or hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) are being treated in the immerse knowledge class.


    • Cooking-and basic skills
    • Product knowledge
    • No-waste
    • HACCP (hazard analysis critical control point)
    • Planning and organisation
    • Preparations (Mise-en-place)
    • Communication
    • Kitchen interior and organisations
    • Plating dishes

Key information


10 months | 40 classes (one class a week) + apprentice program 20 hours a week (minimum)

Price 2023:

€4550,- (payment plan € 455,- per month for 10 months) Diploma fees include: ingredients, uniform,  digital learning material.

Hours per week:

Classes: Approximately 8 hours (standard)

Apprentice program: Approximately 20 hours (minimum)

Subsidy: For this course, apprentice companies cannot claim a subsidy for practical learning.

Note: Prior to applying for this educational program, it is necessary to hold a Dutch residence status. You can only apply for this education Program with a Dutch BSN number or Residence Permit ID.

Entry requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent, evidence of comprehension of English language. No prior culinary experience is required. All students must be aged 16 years or over. The intake process of the Horeca Academie contains a trial lesson with a standard test (English basic) and possible motivation interview.

Visa requirements:

This program is a one year educational program. You work while you study. If you are not from Europe, you will need to apply for a visum. Unfortunately, this cannot be a student visa. It must be a work and stay visa! The rules and regulations for visa are different for each country so you will need to apply for this yourself. If required by the authorities, we can help you by sending you a proof of acceptance, but there is not much more we can do in this proces.

Who is this program for?

We welcome students from a variety of different educational and occupational backgrounds. No prior culinary experience is required. This programme is suitable if:

You wish to enter a career working in a professional kitchen (restaurant or hotel).

You do not have to be a native English speaker. If you can understand an write English to the amount that you can be educated in this language, that is enough to start the program.

You are a professional chef or entrepreneur and wish to learn French culinary techniques and become a classically trained chef.

You are willing and capable to enter the apprentice program in a restaurant. You have found a restaurant where you can start as an apprentice chef.

What is expected of you?

      • You will have to work at a restaurant for at least 20 hours a week (apprenticeship)
      • Study at home for half a day a week, to study the material, make portfolio-assignments and to prepare for tests
      • During your apprenticeship you will work on your skills and practice a lot at the restaurant. Your skills will be assesed by your apprentice chef

    What do you need:

      • Knives set
      • A laptop or computer
      • Safety chef-shoes


It is possible to follow the course in Den Haag or Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is only a class location. It is not possible to visit the location without an appointment. For information, please call us or send us an email.

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Deze opleiding wordt gegeven op de volgende locatie(s):

  • Horeca Academie Amsterdam
  • Horeca Academie Den Haag
  • Professional Chef level 2

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