International Class for Culinary Arts (foundation program)

Become a skilled chef

Do you dream of becoming a Michelin chef? Maybe start your own restaurant or café? Or maybe you just want to work with Nordic Cuisine in a booming industry, where new restaurants pop up every month and the demand for trained professionals is higher than ever?

This is the place to start.

As a trained chef, you will have numerous possibilities: a wide range of jobs within the food and produce industry in Denmark, but also the opportunity to work abroad after you finish your education.

Introduction to professional cooking

The International Class for Culinary Arts is a 20-week introduction to professional cooking, corresponding to the Danish Grundforløb for gastronom.

During this education you will learn cooking skills, first-aid and food hygiene. You will work with seasonal produce, sustainability and ecology, all the while attaining qualifications in Danish.

Passionate about food?

The program caters to students who are passionate about cooking and wish to work in the food industry as trained chefs or caterers, but lack sufficient language skills to enroll in the Danish foundation program.

All classes are taught in English, except for Danish language classes, which are mandatory for all students who do not have documentation for Danish at level E.

When you complete the program, you will be able to seek an apprenticeship as a chef trainee and enroll in the main culinary program (hovedforløb).

Please note that only the foundation program is taught in English. The main culinary program is taught in Danish.

Applicants are expected to have documented basic skills in Mathematics (primary school level) in addition to Danish language skills enabling you to sit for an exam in Danish at level E at the completion of the 20-week education.You must have an E.U. or E.E.A. citizenship, a permanent Danish residence permit or be in the proces of obtaining a permanent residence permit.

See more about admission requirements here.

How do I apply?

You can only apply through the website: www.optagelse.dkungdomsuddannelsegastronom.

Please contact us if you have difficulties with this website.

It is to your advantage to visit the college to get more information, so that we can help you.

Next programme starts August 2021.

Please note that the program is especially designed for those students who are already living in Denmark, and who have already learned some Danish.


Click on this link and provide us with information about yourself and we will get back to you.

If you have other questions please contact international class coordinator Stephen Chase by mail or student counsellor Leena Boman by mail or phone 3386 2290.

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