Master's in Culinary Management and Innovation

Institut Paul Bocuse

Program Description

Master's in Culinary Management and Innovation

Institut Paul Bocuse

Foodservice, culinary arts and hospitality are in constant evolution, and today the industry demands leaders with advanced management skills who know how to innovate. The Culinary Management & Innovation program is delivered in partnership with leading universities in innovation and culinary leadership, the University of Stavanger, Norway and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland, which delivers the Master. It is based on a unique blend of strategic management concepts, culinary R&D, food science and engineering, and new concept development and innovation delivered through a ground-breaking pedagogical approach balancing theory, analysis and creativity.

The program provides a solid grounding in marketing, human resources management, operations management and accounting and finance and features cutting edge courses in strategic brand management, service design, sensorial exploration, research and development, food science, food design, concept development, restaurant revenue management, e-marketing, and brand design.

Students participate in culinary workshops and contribute to strategic projects with large multinational corporations such as Häagen-Dazs/Yoplait, Servair, Haviland, Bonduelle, Parmigiano Reggiano among others. At the Gastronomic Institute and the House of Meals in Stavanger, students are exposed to a unique research environment supported by academia, government and industry dedicated to the emerging world of Nordic cuisine and food culture.

They also participate in ongoing applied research studies at the unique Institut Paul Bocuse Center for Food and Hospitality Research and Living Lab restaurant.

The programme provides personalized career counseling enabling students to structure their own career goals.

The Master's in Culinary Management and Innovation is a full-time program delivered exclusively in English. It includes minimum 6 months of internship and a dedicated Master’s dissertation. The Master’s experience constitutes a first step towards becoming the complete professional, offering unique opportunities for the student to demonstrate aptitudes and competencies in culinary management and innovation.


  • Institut Paul Bocuse (Écully-France)
  • Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
  • University of Stavanger (Norway)
  • Gastronomic Institute and House of Meals in Stavanger (Norway)

In the interest of the students, the program is subject to change.


Through the many industry connections of Institut Paul Bocuse, the Master's in Culinary Management & Innovation students participate in R&D studies conducted by the Institut Paul Bocuse Center for Food and Hospitality Research. In so doing, they complement their managerial education with applied scientific research in foodservice.

Students also contribute to strategic projects entrusted to the Institut Paul Bocuse by large French and international companies giving them insight into the real world issues facing the food industry today.


Culinary workshops featuring various themes conducted by thought leaders in various industry sub-sectors Live case studies and in-company projects Dynamic exchanges with culinary and foodservice innovators An international educational and professional platform

Admission requirement

The Master's in Culinary Management & Innovation requires a solid theoretical and technique background in culinary arts (cooking, pastry, bakery…), foodservice and restaurant management. This base constitutes the foundation of this high-level programme which will subsequently provide thorough culinary management and innovation skills, knowledge and competences to be able to evolve and perform in this constant growing sector of activity. The program is taught 90% in English.


Graduates with a Bachelor's Degree in culinary arts, pastry, baking, foodservice management or food science with a sound knowledge of food production, culinary technique and foodservice operations Professionals able to prove kitchen management competency with at least 5 years experience in kitchen or foodservice management

Admission to the program is based on the candidate's educational, background, professional experience and personal and professional goals. The candidate must also provide the results of a management aptitude test - GMAT (English language) or TAGE MAGE (French language) - plus proof of English language proficiency - TOEFL or TOEIC.

Students who are not from a French speaking country or who have not done their previous studies in a French speaking country must prove a C2 or C1 proficiency level according to the Common European Framework of Reference: Learning, Teaching, Assessment. CampusFrance, French consulates and Embassies can provide further details.

Job opportunity

Upon completion of their degrees, graduates will be able to create their own businesses or integrate into large restaurant groups, institutional catering enterprises, agro-business concerns, international hotel chains or events management companies in key positions such as concept developer, brand manager, culinary manager, or R&D chef.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French

Last updated September 6, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
18 months
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
France Écully, Rhone-Alpes
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End date Feb. 28, 2018
Duration 18 months
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