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Aspire to a career in the culinary field by choosing the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland, one of the most renowned international institutes for culinary education:

The finest culinary traditions
State-of-the-art training kitchen and facilities
The latest management methods
Located right in the heart of Europe.
Along with passion and dedication, the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland will provide you with complementary ingredients for a creative culinary career:

Focus on European Cuisine

With campuses in the centre of Lucerne and Le Bouveret, the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland is located right in the heart of Europe and surrounded by the culinary traditions of Italy and France. The programme at the international institute of culinary education will develop your appreciation of European culinary philosophies, skills and traditions and introduce you to modern trends.

Bachelor’s Degree—A Recipe for Success!

At the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland, you will combine practical kitchen skills with modern management classes to give you the tools to lead a restaurant or kitchen brigade. On-the-job experience includes paid internships that can be taken in some of the best Michelin-starred restaurants and four and five-star hotels in Switzerland.

Small Hands-On Classes in Culinary Education

Small-sized classes assure that you will have personal attention of internationally experienced chef instructors allowing you to apply what you have learned in the demonstration kitchen. The Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland offers international culinary education in brand-new facilities and up-to-date technology in its classrooms, restaurants and training kitchens.

Starting Dates/Course Calendar


Summer: 4 July ‒ 16 September
Fall: 3 October ‒ 16 December


Winter: 9 January ‒ 24 March
Spring: 3 April ‒ 16 June
Summer: 3 July ‒ 15 September
Fall: 2 October ‒ 15 December


Winter: 8 January ‒ 23 March
Spring: 9 April ‒ 22 June
Summer: 9 July ‒ 21 September
Fall: 8 October ‒ 21 December

Application Deadline

You are advised to send your application as soon as possible as places are limited in the school.

For students who require a visa to enter Switzerland it is important that you contact the Swiss Embassy in your home country to find out the length of time necessary for your visa application. In certain countries it may take up to 12 weeks for a visa to be approved.


Le Bouveret Campus

Le Bouveret is a charismatic French-speaking town nestled on the shores of Lake Geneva, just a five-minute drive to neighbouring France. Known for its beautiful beach and many outdoor attractions, Le Bouveret is a popular summer resort. Conveniently located near the vibrant towns of Montreux and Lausanne, the nearest airport is Geneva International Airport.

Located in a magnificent former hotel dating back to the early 1900s, the César Ritz campus is just minutes away from the town centre and the lake. The new campus extension, finished in 2012, provides 100 fully equipped single superior deluxe rooms with state-of-the-art kitchen facilities in collaboration with the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland.

The entire campus is set in a magnificent 26,000 m2 lakeside location and offers a tranquil and secure study environment. A high-speed wireless connection is provided throughout the campus.

Route Cantonale 51
CH-1897 Le Bouveret

Lucerne Campus

Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland is a beautiful German-speaking city with a thriving tourism industry located just 45 minutes from Zurich International Airport. Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Lucerne, the city offers the perfect combination of tradition and modernity.

The César Ritz campus is located in the heart of the city of Lucerne, in the impressive former Union hotel that was built in the 1900s and underwent major renovations in 2012, to welcome students in modern facilities.

Known for its culture and modern convention centre, Lucerne has a large selection of shops, cinemas, museums, theatres, restaurants, bars and clubs for students to enjoy.

Löwenstrasse 16
CH-6004 Lucerne


Minimum monthly gross salary during a four to six-month internship in Switzerland: CHF 2’172.-
Fees can be subject to change at any time.

Success Story

Fábio Henrique Watanabe
Graduation Year 2010
Position: Bocuse d´Or finalist in 2013 in Mogi das Cruzes
Country: Brazil

“My success happened because I studied at Culinary Arts Academy. There I received all the knowledge needed and the seed for my passion was planted.”

“Constantly seeking perfection, the adrenaline rush of always working against time and the large range of opportunities; these are the most important reasons that led me to want to be a chef de cuisine.

Satisfying your customers is the most rewarding aspect of being a chef and there are few other careers where the main objective is to make people happy.

For those who want to follow this career, get prepared to be welcomed to a different and much faster world where pride, passion, professionalism and patience, as we learnt at Culinary Arts Academy, will be the keys to your success. It will be totally strange at the beginning but you’ll get used to the fast environment in the kitchen and it will be a career you will love after all the hard work is done.

In July 2011, I won the Bocuse d’Or Brazil contest at São Paulo, the most important culinary contest in my country. It qualified me for the Bocuse d’Or Latin America in Mexico City in September where I placed second. That then qualified me to for the Bocuse d’Or Lyon in France, one of the world’s most important, individual culinary contests organized by legendary chef, Paul Bocuse.

I can honestly say that all of my success happened because I studied at Culinary Arts Academy. There I received all the knowledge needed and the seed for my passion was planted. I’m very grateful and proud to have had a Culinary Arts Academy background in my career.”


Enjoy a Multi-Campus Experience

The Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland has two fantastic locations:

In the centre of Lucerne, a world-renowned tourism destination in central Switzerland
In Le Bouveret, on the shores of Lake Geneva
In both Lucerne and Le Bouveret, the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland is located within the campus of César Ritz Colleges, one of the world’s leading hospitality management schools.

As a student on the Higher Diploma or Bachelor’s programme, you have the opportunity to experience the lifestyle and culinary influences of both German and French-speaking Switzerland at the campuses in Lucerne and Le Bouveret. Choose between the city centre campus in Lucerne and the culinary centre in Le Bouveret on the edge of beautiful Lake Geneva.

G.Patrick Gruhn

Tim Daum