New Zealand’s leading online culinary school, International Culinary Studio, is offering Kiwi foodies a range of short online cooking courses just in time for the festive season. The courses cost $199-299 each and would make the ideal gift for anyone passionate about cooking and improving their skills in the kitchen.

There are nine short courses in total, including the Art of Chocolate Confectionary, which would be perfect for anybody with a sweet tooth. There is also the Barista course, bound to be a welcome surprise for caffeine lovers.

Students can learn online from the comfort of their own home, via International Culinary Studio’s sophisticated Learner Management System. Once registered, the course and all the material is available on any PC and most mobile or portable smart devices – meaning it is possible to study literally anywhere. Students receive invaluable one on one tuition, mentoring and feedback from their Chef Instructor throughout the duration of the course.

International Culinary Studio’s top picks for Christmas include:

Cake Baking & Decorating. Designed to give aspiring cake bakers the tools to impress family and friends, or to turn their hobby into a business. Covers baking methods, ratios and yields, baking faults, creating a healthy cake, fruit cakes and sponge cakes and creating different icings and fillings. $299

Art of Chocolate Confectionary. Provides chocolate lovers with the skills and tools to craft their own signature chocolate confectionary. Students will make a chocolate glaze, chocolate ganache, praline paste, chocolate moulds – praline filled, hand dipped chocolates – marzipan filled, and chocolate flowers, among other divine creations. $299

Knife Skills. For anyone wanting to learn basic knife skills. Includes training on how to understand safe knife use, be able to select the correct knives for different uses and care for knives and cutting equipment in the kitchen. $199.

Special Diets. Designed to give students the tools to become an expert in adapting a recipe to a specific diet, whether it is based on health reasons or religious beliefs. Covers how to adjust recipes, understanding safe ingredients and diets for coeliac, gluten free, restricting sodium, cholesterol and weight loss. $249.

On completion of the course, students are awarded with an International Culinary Studio Certificate of Achievement and a Digital Badge.

“If you’re shopping for someone that loves food and cooking then an online culinary course really is one of the most thoughtful gifts you could buy,” says International Culinary Studio Executive Group Chef, Andy Cordier. “It’s a bit different to the usual Christmas present and is something that they can enjoy even after the holidays are over.”

A proudly New Zealand based culinary school, International Culinary Studio was the first blended learning culinary school to offer professional qualifications online to New Zealand students. From their kitchens at home, school or at work.

There are currently a number of courses available via International Culinary Studio, for everyone from professional chefs to absolute beginners. These include City & Guilds qualifications, such as a Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking (Culinary Arts) and an Advanced Diploma in Food Preparation and Supervision.

International Culinary Studio also offers NZQA qualifications, including the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4 and New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) Level 5.

International Culinary Studio allows students to complete their studies using a system which can be translated over 104 languages, including Te Reo Maori.

For more information and to purchase a course, visit International Culinary Studio is also on Facebook.

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