HRC Academy

About us

Founded in 2008, HRC Culinary Academy has trained over 800 students to date. The school has a range of programs covering general culinary theory, essential and advanced culinary practice. All courses are taught in English and are designed to suit the dynamic nature of an aspiring cook’s life. Flexibility and practical training are at the core of each.

Our diploma holds international accreditation from the American Culinary Federation and the World Association of Chefs’ Societies.

The HRC Academy covers 2,500 square meters of top-quality cooking equipment and utensils, including state-of-the-art kitchen and bakery labs, a 100-seat demo theater, a chocolate atelier.

Talents restaurant — operating as a training facility and a fine dining area — is where students activate theory and start cooking with confidence and creativity. Talents functions as a real-life restaurant and also offers private events, catering services and a dedicated chef’s table. This provides students with a unique opportunity to put their skills and know-how into practice in real-world situations in the presence of actual guests.

The HRC campus hotel, Kitchen 59, opened in 2020 and has been the main accommodation spot for academy students ever since. All campus buildings – the school, restaurant and hotel – are in close proximity and facilitate an excellent work/rest balance and safe environment.

A variety of living arrangements are offered, from single to double rooms with private bathrooms, as well as triple rooms in student apartments. Student facilities also include a student lounge, dedicated student kitchen, laundry room and… a rooftop swimming pool. The property also runs a fully functional boutique hotel adding another valuable component for students. What better than to experience and train with real guests? Kitchen 59 features 77 hotel rooms, as well as the best rooftop bar in the city.

A beautiful mix of students from over 40 countries have come through the doors at HRC Academy. Although very different in background, they all share a common trait: a passion for food & hospitality. HRC Academy is committed to connect its students and graduates with the top hotel and restaurant brands around the world. In the Culinary Arts program, students embark on a culinary journey that spans across Europe and the USA! Our internships unfold at prestigious hotels and restaurants, setting the stage for an international career as a Chef. The best part? All internships come with a paycheck!

Our HRC Academy Foundation runs a comprehensive scholarship program. It provides vital support to our students, enabling them to pursue their culinary dreams without financial constraints.

Applications are welcomed year-round and students from all corners of the world may apply. 

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Welcome to HRC

Dear Student,

Building a career in Culinary Arts means being prepared to balance your passion for food and creativity with adaptability, discipline and a strong set of soft skills. To put it simply, it means getting used to burning your hands, but always keeping a cool head. We, at HRC Academy, have dedicated all our efforts to create and maintain an academic environment that brings together talent and business, inventiveness and strategic thinking.

If you’re considering joining the HRC Academy, you’re bound to join a team of distinguished chefs, F&B experts, wine connoisseurs, restaurateurs and mentors who are here to help you grow. They will nurture your talent and enhance your skills. They will teach you the essentials in food preparation, but you’ll also gain considerable management know-how, menu and cost engineering skills. Finally, you will complete a well paid internship in a Europe or US based culinary establishment, an experience which will show you if you’re really cut out to be a chef.

Maybe you’re about to make a life-changing decision and we’d be happy to welcome you on board. We realize how vital it is for you to thrive in the fast-paced hospitality world and we have the academic competence and resources to support you. Thanks to our team of experts and strong network of partners we can guarantee you a work placement in the very first months after graduation. We keep our promises.

I hope to meet you soon.

Yoana Mileva
HRC Academy

The HRC Advantage

Indisputable value

  • HRC Academy provides by far the best value for money and is one of the most affordable, high quality culinary educational programs on the globe.
  • Industry placements: the Academy provides 2 internships at some of the best restaurants and hotels worldwide. And guess what?
  • All of our internships are paid: our unique US internships provide allowances in average of USD 2.500 per month!
  • The diploma: We are the first culinary school in the European Union that is accredited by the American Culinary Federation. Our diploma is also recognized by the Hotelschool Ter Duinen in Belgium.
  • Facilities: Our brand new 2.500 sq. m. training facility provides state of the art kitchen labs, a 100-seat Demo theatre, bakery kitchen, a chocolate atelier, and everything else you need to get the best learning experience.
  • Accomodation: we have your housing covered: next to the school you will find our campus hotel Kitchen 59. A beautiful place for our student rooms, with just the right vibe. And good to know: it is the only student housing with a rooftop swimming pool!
  • Financing: The academy offers great scholarships of up to 2.000 EUR  Click here

It's hard work but also fun!!

  • Career opportunities and our vast professional network: Our sister company HRC International has over 20+ years of experience in creating successful careers in hospitality. Our in-house HRC Career office is at your service not only during your studies, but after you graduate as well.
  • The program: 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.
  • We keep promises:We’re so confident about the quality of our program, as well as your future job outlook, that we guarantee you will find a job within 6 months after graduation. And if not we will simply refund EUR 1000 in tuition fees. Learn more here.
  • Education in English: communicating with international instructors and students from over 20 countries. Upon graduation, you will speak English fluently, which makes you ready to further explore the world.
  • Location: Bulgaria offers a great variety of outdoor and cultural activities. Not only it is culturally diversed but has also recently seen a massive interest by young people from all over the world relocating here for their studies or exploring business opportunities.

"National Agency for Vocational Education and Training" (NAVET)

HRC Culinary Academy is accredited by the "National Agency for Vocational Education and Training" (NAVET)

American Culinary Federation

The Federation develops the activity of professional cooks, bakers, ice cream makers, chocolatiers and sculptors/artists on an International level and regularly organized fairs and contests on various subjects. The association promotes social and professional values among members and colleagues. Sugar artist Barbara Castiglione, a Federation representative, visited HRC Culinary Academy for the first time in the beginning of 2015 proving master classes to our students.

Worldchefs Federation

The World Association of Chefs' Societies, Worldchefs, is a federation made up of 110 national chef associations and represents culinary professionals at all levels and across all specialities. Since its founding in 1928, Worldchefs has been committed to advancing the profession and leveraging the influence of the chef jacket for the betterment of the industry.