E d u c a t i o n h i g h l i g h t s
The education in brief
Being a chef is not just a job, it is a craft and we pay particular attention to the practical part of the education. At the Academy, students learn everything from knife skills and sauce making up to cost control, menu engineering and many more business skills.
- Next semester starts: 12-th September, 2022
- Duration: 2 years
- 2 paid internships: in Europe and in the USA
- Teaching language: English
- Location: Sofia, Bulgaria at the premier educational institution in Eastern Europe – HRC Culinary Academy
- Accommodation: own campus
Interested but not willing to go through the full program with internships?
Check out our one-semester Full Professional Certificate program.
A p p l y t o d a y
E n d l e s s o p p o r t u n i t i e s
Get a diploma in Culinary Arts
Our Culinary Arts program transforms students into qualified professionals.
You will develop a command of both classic and contemporary culinary methods and techniques, created by HRC in a unique series of applied practical lab classes. You will get prepared to fit in a professional environment and fully understand the various global cuisines that drive today’s industry.
With our degree in Culinary Arts, your career opportunities are endless.Go Chef!
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You are safe with us!
HRC Academy is committed to protecting its students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We take COVID measures seriously and have implemented a number of policies to minimize the risk of students transmitting the virus.
W h y c h o o s e u s
The premier educational institution in Eastern Europe.
HRC Culinary Academy is the premier educational institution in Eastern Europe. We offer an integrated 2-year associate’s degree program in a modular design, created by top international chefs and top educators with proven academic track records. Our total immersion hands-on instruction transforms students into qualified professionals in no time. You will develop a command of both classic and contemporary culinary methods and techniques, created by HRC.
Learn to run your own business
The best part is that we are not just teaching you how to cook but also how to run your own business! With courses on marketing, management, entrepreneurship, accounting and more – this is one of the most comprehensive programs out there today.
Endless career opportunities!
HRC Culinary Academy graduates are employed as executive chefs at restaurants around the world or opening their own restaurants; they work as pastry chefs or bakers; they teach cooking classes; they write books on cooking or open up their own catering businesses… The possibilities are endless!
Go Chef with HRC
W e k e e p o u r w o r d
Guaranteed Job Program
Our diploma is internationally accredited by the American Culinary Federation.
We are so confident about the quality of our program, that we have a special guarantee that as an alumnus of HRC you will find a job within 6 months after graduation.Go Chef!
P r o g r a m h i g h l i g h t s
Two paid internships in Europe and the USA
One of the highlights of the program is the two paid internships in Europe and America at some of the best restaurants and hotels. Our unique US internships provide allowances of an average of USD 2.500 per month!Go Chef!
T h e C u l i n a r y A r t s P r o g r a m
Our flagship program
HRC Culinary Academy offers an integrated 2-year associate’s degree program in a modular design, created by top international chefs and top educators with proven academic track records. Our total immersion hands-on instruction transforms students into qualified professionals in no time. You will develop a command of both classic and contemporary culinary methods and techniques, created by HRC in a unique series of applied practical lab classes. You will get prepared to fit in a professional environment and fully understand the various global cuisines that drive today’s industry.
The heart of the program
After completing the first semester on our campus in Sofia (Bulgaria) you will have the opportunity to go to a high-end culinary establishment in Europe where you will complete a 6 month internship. Semester 3 is then back on campus, where you will learn about a la carte cuisine at the Academy’s fine dining restaurant Talents. The final semester 4 is a paid internship in the USA, taking place at a 5* luxury hotel or (Michelin*) restaurant. Upon completing the program you will be granted an officially accredited ACF diploma.
Craft your Chef's career
But cooking is not all that it takes to become a great chef! In your study curriculum you will expand your horizon by learning new business and soft skills during classes like Management and Leadership, Cost Control, Food Photography and Styling, Nutrition and Food Safety, Marketing and Hospitality trends! You’ll also be involved in the world of Event management and Restaurant operations.
Can I visit the academy?
Yes, of course, we encourage you to do so! We love meeting people and showing them around! We'll have a cup of coffee or tea and get you acquainted with our facilities, work and we'll have you meet some of the current students. We look forward to meeting you at our school to see us in action. We will explain to you our teaching methods and answer all your questions. Please prior to your visit give us a buzz to set up an appointment, so we can make sure that you are given the required attention. Are you based far away? Then we are happy to welcome you to HRC’s offices in the Netherlands, Atlanta/USA/ or Italy!
Is previous culinary experience necessary before joining?
Love, love, love and great passion for the arts; that's all what it takes, our dearest prospect student! :)
What should I do after I submit my application?
Job well done! Sit down, relax and give some time to our admission team to get back to you!
After we have received your online application form, a confirmation letter with instructions will be emailed to you. (please, check your Spam inbox to make sure you will not miss it). Read it carefully, open all the links and feel free to contact us first. When so, you could inform us about your high secondary school grades - what percentage of the maximum in your country they are. We will then give you further instructions. At that stage, we will probably require your registration fee and a copy of your high school diploma, preferably scanned and sent via e-mail.
When is the deadline?
You can apply online and the full application process for EU students lasts about 2-4 weeks total. So we advise you to apply no longer than a month before the starting date. However, students from outside the EU require around a 3-5 months time (depending on the country and VISA requirements) frame for the entire process. You can apply 6 months to 1 year in advance of your preferred enrollment date. Our degree programs typically start in September and March of each year.
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Does the academy provide housing?
Starting summer 2020, our very own student campus opened its doors directly in front of the Academy. You have the option of single and double rooms. Facilities include a student lounge, shared kitchens, laundry room and much more exciting cool stuff!!
Students who wish to rent accommodation (room in a flat or a house) can do this individually at a price of approximately 250 – 300 euros per month with bills included. The Academy team will assist by providing the students with contact information of trusted landlords and agencies who provide reasonably priced flats.
How much does it cost? Is there financial aid?
Each program uses a different pricing policy. See all the programs here. We offer scholarships as well as loan programs, and all of our internships are paid. We'll be happy to explain to you the various financial aid opportunities during your admission process or click here to learn more.
What can I do with my diploma?
With a solid culinary education and a good understanding of the English language, you will be able to work anywhere in the world as a chef. You will be able to build the career that you have always wanted and you should thank yourself for that! Finishing our program is not an easy job!
Our diploma is officially recognised and accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). For you can see ACF's outcome report here.
After receiving your diploma you can choose for yourself: continue your career at hotels and resorts, fine restaurants or perhaps even a cruise liner sailing the world. Maybe you possess the heart and spirit of a true entrepreneur and would like to start your own business? Give us a shout, we'll gladly give you some tips, advice and evaluate your business model. Currently, the job outlook in the HoReCa industry is very strong worldwide.
Throughout your journey of different experiences, you will develop more skills, gain more knowledge and eventually become an Executive Chef. However, you must be realistic; this does not happen overnight. The HRC Culinary Academy provides you with culinary fundamentals and helps you with personal development; the rest is up to you.
Will I get any assistance from HRC for my future career?
Certainly! HRC’s Career office will assist you with your final industry placement among its extensive network of hotels and restaurants. Often these placements lead to job offers. All of our graduates are supported by the Career Office throughout their career advancement, even long after they have graduated. A full 100% of our graduates have a job secured within a few months of graduation! You can read more about this here!
What are the refund policies of HRC Culinary Academy?
Following refund policies apply for STUDENTS from outside the EU:
1. If the Bulgarian embassy does not grant the visa D to the student, the HRC Culinary Academy will refund all fees except for the non-refundable registration fee (€ 50) + Visa service fee (€ 600) + the administrative fee (€150). (equaling to € 800)
2. Prior to the start of the semester, HRC Culinary Academy will provide a refund of tuition fees, less the administrative, registration & visa service fees.
3. Upon the start of the semester, HRC Culinary Academy will not provide a refund of any paid tuition fees.
4. If the student decides to terminate their studies at HRC Culinary Academy for any reason, their Bulgarian visa D will be automatically cancelled.
All applicable refunds will be processed within one month of the Student’s notice of termination.
Following refund policies apply for STUDENTS from the EU:
1. Prior to the start of the semester, HRC Culinary Academy will provide a full refund of tuition fees, except the administrative fee (€150) + the registration fee (€ 50).
2. Upon the start of the semester, HRC Culinary Academy will not provide a refund of paid tuition fees.
All applicable refunds will be processed within one month of the Student’s notice of termination.