Program Summary

DofE Gold Residency Switzerland!

Do you love food? Do you want to impress your family and friends with creative dishes? Do you dream of becoming a top chef?

....Or perhaps you are wondering what career choices are available to you in the hospitality industry? Do you dream of planning large events or opening your own restaurant?

Would you like to travel the world with your job?

You can undertake your DofE Gold residency in Switzerland and answer these questions!


Swiss Education Academy’s World of Culinary Arts or World of Hospitality Programmes, gives DofE Gold Students the opportunity to explore their interests, unlock new passions,  achieve the required development and make new friends in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, so why not undertake your residency in beautiful Switzerland?

Our dynamic Swiss summer programmes take a holistic approach to participants’ growth – blending engaging, hands-on learning with experiences that boost confidence and create lasting memories.

Our World of Culinary programme will be the required 4 Nights/ 5 days, with excursions and activities to meet your DofE Gold residency requirements.

As a member of Swiss Education Group – an alliance of private hospitality management and culinary schools in Switzerland – Swiss Education Academy has been bringing students together from around the globe for more than 30 years, enabling them to grow, discover, and have fun!

We look forward to welcoming you!

Dates available:

  • October 2021 
  • Summer 2022
  • Autumn 2022

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and to make the next step of your challenge happen with either of these unique experiences.


This unique programme runs over three weeks, with young people being given the opportunity to learn all about culinary arts – and have a whole lot of fun at the same time!
The academic programme gives participants a global view of the culinary industry and the opportunity to learn from top chefs in our state-of-the-art demonstration kitchens. You will be given insights into how a professional kitchen works, prepare a variety of dishes and desserts – with a focus on chocolate and pastry – and learn what it takes to start and manage a restaurant business.
Wednesdays are set aside for exciting excursions that have a focus on adventure, and every evening you will enjoy themed entertainment with your new friends, including a casino night, karaoke, and fun Olympiads.


European Cuisines | Swiss, Italian, French and Spanish
This week is all about learning to create signature dishes from Europe. First, you will be given a tour of the campus and our kitchens, along with a briefing on hygiene and uniform requirements. Each day of the week is dedicated to learning about the techniques required to prepare authentic dishes from a specific European country, including Switzerland, Italy, Norway, and France. You will also enjoy a trip to the renowned Alimentarium food museum in Vevey, where you will enjoy a hands-on cooking workshop.
Foodpreneur and Global Culinary Trends | Food Concept Design
The aim of this week is to give you all the skills required to create a restaurant concept from start to finish. You will be taught the theory and processes of managing a culinary business, along with various culinary trends from around the world. You and your team will then be tasked with developing a complete restaurant concept, including menu planning and design, recipe creation, décor, service delivery, and staff uniforms. On the final day you will bring your concept to life and be given feedback by culinary experts.
Chocolate & Pastry | Swiss Chocolate and Pastry
If you love chocolate and desserts, this week is for you! Our expert chefs will teach you all the techniques required to prepare and create a variety of unique and impressive chocolate and pastry desserts, including carving, decorating, and finishing skills. On the final day, you will put your new knowledge to the test, by planning and creating a full dessert buffet.
• Morning & Afternoon Cooking Classes
• Evening Activities | Chef Master Classes, Food Innovation Incubators, Movies, Games, etc.
• Weekly Excursions | Alimentarium Food Museum, Food Hack, Farmer’s Market, Bakeries, Chocolatiers, Michelin Star Kitchens, etc.
Picnic and visit to VerticAlp Emosson, a park with three unique rail systems offering panoramic views of the Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe, and the Emosson Dam
Scenic hike through the Alps and vineyard visit                                                                 
Picnic and excursion to the breathtaking Glacier 3000                                                                                               
Talent Show, Cinema Night, Evening by the Lake, Karaoke, Graduation Gala and Disco


Hospitality, also known as the art of welcoming guests, is today’s fastest globally growing industry. It opens a great number of career opportunities around the world. To succeed in this domain, you will need leadership abilities, entrepreneurship and excellent communication skills.
Our teaching facilities in Montreux and Le Bouveret are modern and offer great learning conditions for the contemporary hospitality trade, with brand new demonstration kitchens.
At the end of your stay, you will be awarded a certificate, mentioning the learning programme you participated in. It will help you in your future studies and the building of your career.
Swiss Education Academy does not require any official proof of your level of English. However, all classes are taught in English, so we encourage you to make sure that you will be able to follow, for your own comfort.
Most of our teachers work as instructors at Swiss Education Group schools all year round but we also work with several specialists whom we invite to share their knowledge and experience.
Teachers are encouraged to use flexible and diverse teaching methods and techniques. Classes include theoretical knowledge and practice work. You will have the opportunity to work on both individual and group projects. There will be approximately 12 students per culinary class.
Classes are taught in the morning, from 8:30 to 12:30, Monday to Friday. Some classes are not taught on a weekly basis, please consult the application form for more information.

World of Culinary Arts Pricing

1 week: CHF 2450.-
2 weeks: CHF 4650.-
3 weeks: CHF 6600.-
Included in the price:
Wednesday excursions
Accommodation in double standard rooms
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during weekdays
Brunch and dinner during the weekend
Optional activities in the evening
Weekend excursions
Not included in the price:
Alternate Accommodation:
Single Standard Room: CHF 150.- (per week)
Single Deluxe Room: CHF 250.- (per week)
Double Deluxe Room: CHF 150.- (per week)
Airport Transfers: CHF 195.- each way
Health & Accident Insurance: CHF 50.-/week (mandatory for non-EU participants)
Enrolment Fees: CHF 125.-
SEA branded Welcome Package (T-shirt, face mask, pencil, bottle): CHF 125.-
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Montreux is set on the shores of Lake Geneva in the heart of the Swiss Riviera, with stunning views of the Alps and the terraced vineyards of Lavaux. Benefiting from a unique microclimate, the city has an undeniable Mediterranean flair. The region is especially rich in cultural events, including the unmissable Montreux Jazz Festival. Montreux is the perfect starting point to explore Lake Geneva or go hiking in the nearby Alps.
Students stay in the Freddie Mercury building, in the heart of Montreux. Swiss Education Group inaugurated the building in 2018, and all amenities are state of the art. It is ideally located in the center of Montreux, near the train station and a 5-minute walk from the lake. The building accommodates students from Swiss Hospitality Club and Swiss Culinary Club.
In Montreux, students stay in double rooms included in the price of the programme. Each room has its own private bathroom and is cleaned by onsite personnel once a week during the stay.
The Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland campus offers kitchen facilities of the highest standards. It is located on the bank of Lake Geneva, with a splendid view of the Vaud Riviera. It is dedicated to students from the Swiss Culinary Club programme, with the company providing transportation for the daily commute.
A programme for every passion
At Swiss Education Academy we offer engaging and diverse programmes designed to give young people a first taste of a fantastic possible career. Explore the art of Swiss hospitality, unlock new opportunities with a language course, bring your love of food to life with our culinary arts programme, or grow your entrepreneurial skills and encourage innovative thinking. Whatever your passion, there’s a programme to suit you.
Campuses where everyone’s cared for
Our learning environments are designed to be safe, inclusive, and fun. You will live and learn alongside fellow students from around the world, discovering different cultures and making new friends along the way. You’ll receive supervision and guidance from enthusiastic, fully qualified professionals, so you’ll feel confident that you’re well cared for.
Eye-opening experiences
We understand that learning shouldn’t be confined to the classroom. That’s why we offer a range of activities and experiences specially chosen to expand the mind and encourage personal growth. Action-packed adventure days, cultural trips, and hands-on creative workshops will open your eyes to a world of new possibilities and create unforgettable memories you’ll treasure for a lifetime.
Partnered with Switzerland’s finest hospitality schools
We’re part of Swiss Education Group – an alliance of internationally-celebrated schools that specialise in business, hospitality and culinary arts. As one of our students, you will join an eco-system of innovative, career-focused learning, get a taste of life on our luxury campuses, and join a global community of current and future leaders.