Culinary Management

Zagreb School of Economics and Management and Culinary Institute Kul IN have partnered to offer a new joint program in Culinary Management. Students who plan to work the field of gastronomy as restaurant or pastry shop managers, or who want to open a restaurant business of their own, can apply for this well-rounded program. Our entrepreneurs will first strengthen their culinary skills at Kul IN for two months. Afterwards, they will learn about modern business and management through classes in digital marketing, finance, the business environment, innovation, and other fields of economics that are important to understanding in the restaurant and food industries.

Upon successful completion, students receive Kul IN’s and ZSEM’s Certificate in Culinary management.

Teaching structure

4 months


Culinary practicum

5h a day

Theoretical and practical lectures

Field trips

Program length: 4 months

Program start dates for Kul IN:

  • 12.11.2024. – 20.12.2024. (1st part) and 13.01.2024. – 21.02.2025. (2nd part)
  • 14.01.2025. – 04.04.2025.
  • 04.03.2025. – 28.05.2025.
  • 11.11.2025. – 19.12.2025. (1st part) and 12.01.2026. – 24.02.2026. (2nd part)
  • 13.01.2026. – 03.04.2026.
  • 03.03.2026. – 27.05.2026.
  • 10.11.2026. – 18.12.2026. (1st part) and 11.01.2027. – 23.02.2027. (2nd part)

Price per student is 12.315,00 Eura, VAT included.

*For our first minute students, we offer a 1.200,00 EUR discount on the tuition. You can get the discount if you apply at least 2 months before the program starts.

The enrollment period for all intake dates is open! 

Additional Program Information

  • Language used in class: Croatian and/or English
  • Uniforms for culinary practicum: Provided by Kul IN
  • Literature and Materials: Provided by ZSEM and Kul IN (in English)

Culinary Arts at Kul IN

During their time in Sisak, students gain a thorough understanding of cooking methods and techniques used in the French and Italian cuisines, and a deeper understanding of the HoReCa industry and standards. The course is highly hands-on, and students spend 80% of class time in practical training, mentored by chef-instructors. The course covers thermal and mechanical food processing, identifying ingredient quality, coupling seasonings, knife work, creating quality restaurant menus, arranging and serving dishes, professional cooking standards, food portions, food storage and hygiene, and the history of gastronomy.

Daily cooking lessons are supplemented with field trips to renowned restaurants and food productions centers in Croatia as well as guest lectures from successful Croatian and international chefs. In addition, students take classes in enology and wine pairing.

Business Management at Zagreb School of Economics and Management – Business Academy

Students then move to Croatia’s capital city Zagreb, where they study the business side of Culinary Management at ZSEM Business Academy. In addition to fundamental business economics, students learn how to choose and find their niche market, how to promote their HoReCa business, how to plan and manage finances, operational costs, and human resources, and how to be a successful entrepreneur in the modern restaurant boom.

Zagreb’s booming restaurant scene naturally offers students the opportunity to explore various HoReCa businesses. Not only will students find inspiration for new dishes, but also they will be able to network with restaurant managers and owners as they develop their own business plans.

ZSEM is an international AACSB accredited university, ranking it among the top 5% of business schools in the world. In 2017, Eduniveral ranked ZSEM as one of the top three business schools in Eastern Europe and recognized its significant international influence with the 4 Palmes award.