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Birkbeck Partners with Le Cordon Bleu London for New Masters Programme

The MSc Culinary Innovation Management will prepare students to shape the future of the industry with a creative, sustainable and entrepreneurial approach.

Members of staff outside Le Cordon Bleu London

Birkbeck and Le Cordon Bleu London have developed a new master’s programme designed to respond to the professional needs of the culinary industry. The unique programme allows students to combine studying with an internationally recognised leader in the teaching of the culinary arts and hospitality management and Birkbeck’s School of Business, Economics and Informatics.

Jointly delivered by both institutions, the MSc Culinary Innovation Management will prepare students for a wide range of roles in the culinary industry: entrepreneurs, managers in culinary arts and hospitality disciplines and leaders and innovators in the area of food business. The programme builds on the existing BBA Culinary Industry Management, which welcomed its first cohort of students in 2018.

Within the complex global culinary industry, there is an increasing need for businesses to develop solutions that will respond to consumer trends and increase customer satisfaction and loyalty. Students will explore culinary innovation, customer experience management and management and operational structure in a global context, with an emphasis on sustainability.

Thomas Kyritsis, Senior Lecturer at Le Cordon Bleu London, said: “Culinary Innovation in the food service industry is a prerequisite for the success of any business in the sector. The programme will equip students with a range of skills to develop practical innovative solutions and create new opportunities for food businesses today and tomorrow. Students will gain insights into the issues and trends influencing the global culinary industry which will enable them to broaden their knowledge and their strategic thinking across a number of disciplines.”

Anita Walsh, Professor of Work-based Learning at Birkbeck, said: “Expert practice in the culinary industry requires that professionals demonstrate a high level of skill in a range of different areas. The Master’s award in Culinary Innovation Management offered in partnership by two world-recognised institutions – one academic and one professional – offers students a distinctive and challenging professional development experience.  Students will engage with ideas and concepts at the forefront of culinary industry practice, and be able to use theoretical models to analyse and evaluate the various elements involved.”

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