Best University College in Malaysia for Diploma in Culinary Arts at Award-Winning KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Top Diploma in Culinary Arts in Malaysia at Award-Winning KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

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Students after SPM or O-Levels who are sure that they want a career in the exciting culinary arts industry can choose to study the Diploma in Culinary Arts at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie. Students will need at least 3 credits in SPM or O-Levels to join the 2-year diploma.

Upon completion of the Diploma in Culinary Arts , students can continue on to the Bachelor of Culinary Management (Hons) at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie. This is a dual award programme, students who complete this programme would be awarded parchments from KDU university College Utropolis Glenmarie and IMI University Centre, Switzerland.

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The Best Diploma in Culinary Arts Course at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Avant - Molecular Kitchen for Culinary Arts Students at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Avant – Molecular Kitchen for Culinary Arts Students at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Students after SPM or O-Levels with a passion for all things culinary and have an innate interest in the creativity of food will greatly benefit from the Diploma in Culinary Arts programme at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie. This is a unique opportunity for students to learn how to use the freshest ingredients to create sumptuous gourmet dishes that are worthy of the world’s finest restaurants.

Students are also exposed to Molecular Cuisine, a first-of-its-kind for a culinary diploma in Malaysia. Not only that, students are taught by award-winning chefs, with 75% of the course based on practical trainings in various aspects of the culinary field.

In this programme, students also have the option of obtaining a parchment from IMI University Centre, Switzerland.

Year 1 Subjects for the Diploma in Culinary Arts Course at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

KDU University College School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts lecturer and kitchen artist Chef Hamirudin Nazir shows off his ice-carving skills at the new lab.

KDU University College School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts lecturer and kitchen artist Chef Hamirudin Nazir shows off his ice-carving skills at the new lab.

  • Culinary Essentials
  • Tertiary English 1
  • Entrepreneurship Studies
  • Food Nutrition, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Food Services Operations
  • International Cuisine
  • Introduction to Hospitality Operations
  • Introduction to Patisserie Skills
  • Introductory French
  • Menu Design and Development
  • Principles of Garde Manger
  • Personal Development Planning 1

Year 2 Subjects for the Diploma in Culinary Arts Course at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Artisanat - Kitchen Artistry Room at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Artisanat – Kitchen Artistry Room at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

  • Advanced Bakery and Pastry Arts
  • Advanced Butchery
  • Chocolates and Confections
  • Classical French Cuisine
  • Commodity Cooking
  • Culinary Artistry and Design
  • Food, Beverage and Labour Cost Controls
  • Intermediate French
  • Molecular Cuisine
  • Personal Development Planning 2
  • Industrial Placement

KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie Culinary Arts Awards

2013 Awards Won by KDU University College 

KDU Culinary Arts student preparing the Molecular Gastronomy meal

KDU Culinary Arts student preparing the Molecular Gastronomy meal

  • HOFEX – Hong Kong International Culinary Challenge, Hong Kong – 2 Golds / Individual
  • HOFEX – Hong Kong International Culinary Challenge, Hong Kong – Silver / Individual
  • HOFEX – Hong Kong International Culinary Challenge, Hong Kong – Bronze / Individual
  • Chef Association of Malaysia (CAM) – Best Chef Award / Chef Hamirudin Nazir (for his contribution to CAM)
  • Chef Association of Malaysia (CAM) – Best Chef Award / Chef Darren Teoh (“Redefinition” molecular book author)
  • Malaysia Chef Association awarded Best Chef to 2 KDU lecturers while the 3rd Award winner was a
  • KDU alumni Culinary Arts National
  • Singapore competition won 2 Gold International

2012 Awards Won by KDU University College 

  • Food & Hotel Asia (FHA), Singapore – 2 Bronzes / Dream Team Event

2011 Awards Won by KDU University College 

  • HOFEX – Hong Kong International Culinary Challenge, Hong Kong – 2 Silvers / Individual
  • HOFEX – Hong Kong International Culinary Challenge, Hong Kong – 2 Bronzes / Individual

2010 Awards Won by KDU University College 

KDU University College Culinary Arts students preparing the pine needles for the molecular cuisine

KDU University College Culinary Arts students preparing the pine needles for the molecular cuisine

  • Hans Bueschkens Challenge, Chile – Silver / Individual (Black Box)
  • Salon Culinaire, Dubai – 2 Silvers / Individual
  • Food & Hotel Asia (FHA), Singapore – Gold / Individual
  • Food & Hotel Asia (FHA), Singapore – Gold / Dream Team Event
  • Food & Hotel Asia (FHA), Singapore – 2 Silvers / Individual
  • Food & Hotel Asia (FHA), Singapore – Silver / Team Event
  • Food & Hotel Asia (FHA), Singapore – 2 Bronzes / Individual
  • The Big Cooking Contest, Austria – 7th Placing / Team Event
  • Silver Award, Putra Brands Awards

2009 Awards Won by KDU University College 

  • Battle of the Chefs, Malaysia – Silver / Team Event
  • Battle of the Chefs, Malaysia – 3 Bronzes / Individual
  • HOFEX – Hong Kong International Culinary Challenge, Hong Kong – Bronze / Individual
  • MIHAS Chefs Challenge, Malaysia – 4 Golds, 3 Silvers and Overall Champion / Team Event
  • Food & Hotel Malaysia (FHM), Malaysia – 3 Silvers / Individual
  • Food & Hotel Malaysia (FHM), Malaysia – 2 Bronzes / Individual

2008 Awards Won by KDU University College 

  • Food & Hotel Asia (FHA), Singapore – Gold / Individual
  • Food & Hotel Asia (FHA), Singapore – Silver / Individual
  • Food & Hotel Asia (FHA), Singapore – 2 Bronzes / Team Event
  • Penang Chefs Challenge, Malaysia – Champion / Team Event (Black Box)

2007 Awards Won by KDU University College 

  • Food & Hotel Malaysia (FHM) – Gold / Individual
  • Food & Hotel Malaysia (FHM) – 4 Bronzes / Individual

2006 Awards Won by KDU University College 

  • Food & Hotel Asia (FHA), Singapore – Bronze / Team Event
  • NTV7 – Battle of the Best, Malaysia – 1st Runner-up / Individual
  • Maggi / NST Culinary Challenge, Malaysia – Champion / Team Event

2005 Awards Won by KDU University College 

  • 1 Gold, 1 Bronze and 1 Silver Award. Food Hotel Malaysia (FHM) Culinary Arts Department International

2004 Awards Won by KDU University College 

  • Cube Award, Lufthansa Airlines Exec.

2003 Awards Won by KDU University College 

  • 1 Gold & 1 Silver Award. Flambe’ Category, Food Hotel Malaysia Culinary Arts Department International
  • 1 Bronze and 3 Merit Diploma Awards. Mocktail and Cocktail Categories, Food Hotel Malaysia

1999 Awards Won by KDU University College 

  • Cube Award, Lufthansa Airlines Exec. Chef Gerhard Local / Departmental

1990 Awards Won by KDU University College 

  • Maurice Reymond Award Exec. Chef Gerhard International Award
  • Champions, National Culinary Competition Culinary Arts Department

Free Barista Certification for Diploma and Degree Culinary Students at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Culinary Arts diploma students at KDU University College will receive free training and certification for the European Barista Guild Level 1 while the culinary degree students will obtain the Level 2 certification. These certifications enhances the students’ learning experience and job potential.

A Testimony from a Successful KDU University College Alumni

Chef Christopher, proud alumni of KDU University College culinary arts programme

Chef Christopher, proud alumni of KDU University College culinary arts programme

Chef Christopher Yee, a graduate of KDU University College’s renowned School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, established his bistro named “Topshelf” in the bustling neighbourhood of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), serving some of the finest French cuisines in the area. Some of Chef Christopher’s signature classic French dishes includes escargots, foie gras, oysters, mussels in white wine, coq au vin, beef bourguignon, and of course, the all-time favourite crème brulee at the top of his dessert list.

Seeing as the bistro is his pride and dream, Chef Christopher is very hands-on in everything; from daily operations to ensuring that the ingredients used at the bistro is of topmost quality. “It has always been my dream to someday own and operate my own restaurant,” said Chef Christopher. “It all started back when I was young and I spent a lot of time helping my mother in the kitchen. Just like many other stories of passion, mine stemmed from those times I spent alongside my mother, from observing to eventually helping her prepare and cook the dishes myself.”

When inquired on his decision to join KDU, Chef Christopher noted that his decision to join KDU was based on recommendation from his friend, “I’ve heard a lot about KDU from friends who were looking into joining culinary school as well. After visiting the campus, which was at the time in Damansara Jaya, I was sold into joining KDU. I was impressed with the facilities and the syllabus and I had trust in the strong academic staff who each boasted years of experience and very close industry linkage.”

As someone who is still relatively new to the industry, Chef Christopher noted that the decision to operate his own restaurant did not come easy. From researching the locale and target audience to looking at the numbers, he had taken his time in carefully making his business feasible. For this, he had sought advice and guidance from his lecturers, who remained open for guidance even after his graduation.

“To be frank, I think some huge part of why my experience in KDU was so fulfilling is because of the lecturers,” he stated. “They were genuinely passionate about teaching and guiding young minds. I turned to my lecturers for help and advice when I was starting up and they were more than willing to share, be it their knowledge or connections. Personally, I think that’s a very special bond to have, for students to be able to lean back and still learn from their lecturers even after they’ve completed their studies.”

Chef Christopher himself did outstandingly well during his time as a student and had his fair share of the limelight. In 2008, he took part in the Food and Hotel Asia (FHA) Culinary Challenge, which is Asia’s largest international food and hospitality event. It is also the world’s second largest culinary competition. The culinary challenge symbolizes the pinnacle of excellence as hundreds of practitioners in the food & beverage industry worldwide gather to prove their mettle. It is a celebration of culinary talents all over the world. Chef Christopher bagged a bronze medal with his partner, Leng Yik Siang as the two competed in the Two to Tango category. On top of that, he had also bagged a Gold medal in 2007’s Food & Hotel Malaysia Culinary Challenge.

The Best Culinary Arts & Hospitality Courses at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Atelier - Hot Kitchen at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Atelier – Hot Kitchen at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

The global hospitality, tourism and culinary arts industries are dynamic and constantly evolving. It is among the world’s largest and fastest growing industries, offering boundless opportunities for ambitious students who enjoy working with people and in a range of exciting environments, be it locally or internationally.

At KDU, students will find the blend of true hospitality, tourism and culinary subjects taught in specialised facilities that mirror state-of-the-art, real world environments. Our range of programmes ensure that students emerge as excellent, well-rounded graduates, armed with a combination of knowledge and skills that are in high demand with employers.

Together with lecturers who carry both industry and academic experiences, we constantly push boundaries

Bacchus - Wine Lab at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Bacchus – Wine Lab at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

to ensure our students learn from the best. KDU is the only institution to offer molecular cooking as a compulsory subject in our culinary programmes, in addition to launching the first-ever culinary book that applies molecular cooking techniques in Malaysian recipes. KDU is also no stranger to the competitive culinary scene, with lecturers and students excelling in competitions both locally and internationally.

KDU is also internationally recognised, garnering the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Recognition of Quality Culinary Education as well as accreditation from The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) as an Associate Member.

96% EMPLOYED UPON GRADUATION

Cafe 8ighty 7even by Coffex at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Cafe 8ighty 7even by Coffex at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Upon graduation, our students are employed in renowned hotels and service related industries, with 30% obtaining employment overseas.

PRACTICAL PROGRAMMES FOR THE REAL WORLD

Our programmes are taught by the best in the industry with more than 50% of our curriculum emphasising hands-on practice In addition, our Industry Advisory Board is made up of top-tier management from the industry.

STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES

13 kitchens cover 65,000sf with ample space for niche studies in molecular gastronomy, wine, chocolate and coffee, and charcuterie. There are also realistic mock hospitality training facilities, as well as student-run restaurants.

INTERNATIONAL RESIDENT AND STUDENT-EXCHANGE PROGRAMME

Students at degree level have the option of participating in a 2-week resident programme at IMI University Centre (Switzerland), as well as a student-exchange programme in France at local fee.

IMI University Centre Switzerland – Partner for the School of Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

KDU University College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts (SHTCA) was founded

Saveur - Training Restaurant at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Saveur – Training Restaurant at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

in 1987, and with over 27 years of history, the school is the only Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts School in Malaysia that offers a complete Swiss experience through its collaboration with IMI University Centre switzerland.

Its partnership with the IMI University Centre Switzerland enables the school to offer IMI programmes in Malaysia, without students having to go abroad. One of the unique features of the KDU-IMI programmes is the exposure to industry placement in reputable local or international hotels and restaurants where practical skills are enhanced in real life-situations.

IMI University Centre Switzerland is a unique, private, International Management Institute founded in 1991. Students at IMI can be assured of a highly personalised and individual approach to their learning. A qualification from IMI is a stamp of excellence on any curriculum vitae and will ensure that students are top of the pile for first important interviews.

IMI University Centre Switzerland and KDU University College has definitely come a long way, combining quality academic teaching, practical training, excellent industry placements, and international exposure, all a recipe for success.

KDU University College New Campus at Utropolis, Glenmarie in Shah Alam

KDU, an institution that has over 32 years of history and experience, believes in providing real world

KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie purpose built campus

KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie purpose built campus

education to meet real world needs, and has traditionally, been successful in producing competent graduates and preparing students for top universities all over the world.

Established in 1983, and a pioneer in Malaysian private education, KDU was one of the first private colleges in Malaysia to have its own purpose-built campus. The institution, as KDU College then, was awarded the university college status in 2010 – a reflection of its quality programmes, and the growth of its international student population.

KDU University College and KDU College are members of Paramount Education, a fully-integrated education services provider for primary, secondary, tertiary, and postgraduate level studies as well as executive and professional development programmes.

The new 10-acre purpose-built KDU University College campus at Utropolis, costing RM320 million, has

Learning Pods inside the Library for Group Discussions at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Learning Pods inside the Library for Group Discussions at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

been designed around the philosophy that learning is experiential and can happen anywhere.

There are open spaces, themed gardens and discussion cubes, along with 9 fully equipped lecture halls that can house up to 250 students each, 60 state of the art classrooms where 4,000 students can be attending lecture and classes at any one time, a 50,000 sq ft space housing KDU University College’s comprehensive library and a 500-bed student village.

Top Notch Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts Facilities at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

With industry standard mock-up suites, coffee labs and dining outlets, including a fine dining restaurant, students are able to experience their future working environments while being on campus.

Boulangerie - Bakery Kitchen at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

Boulangerie – Bakery Kitchen at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

  • Equatorial Mock Suite- Industry standard mock suites for realistic hands-on training.
  • Café 8ighty 7even by Coffex – Of cosy settings and freshly brewed coffee steaming in the air by the hands of our versatile students.
  • Atelier – Hot Kitchen – Students get into action in the hot kitchen, giving them a taste of life in the industry.
  • Culinary Lecture Theatre – Top notch facilities equipped in the theatre allows for in-class demonstrations.
  • Dewakan – Fine Dining Restaurant – Equipped with elegant finishes, Dewakan is an educational entrepreneurial initiative by KDU.
  • Avant – Molecular Kitchen – At Avant, students utilise the latest equipment in learning the art of molecular cooking.

    Charcuterie - Butchery Kitchen at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

    Charcuterie – Butchery Kitchen at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

  • Charcuterie – Butchery Kitchen – At Charcuterie, students learn and master the techniques and skills to create various deli products.
  • Mirabelle – Training Restaurant – At Mirabelle, students run everything from scratch while serving real customers and countering real-time situations.
  • Saveur – Training Restaurant – Built to mimic a true fine dining restaurant, students are given real practice at Saveur.
  • Artisanat – Kitchen Artistry Room – At Artisanat, our students are trained to master the most delicate of arts.
  • Glace – Ice Carvery – At Glace, students are taught first hand on the art of ice carving.
  • Boulangerie – Bakery Kitchen – KDU students are synonymous with the fluffy bread and pastries they produce here at the Boulangerie.
  • Bacchus – Wine Lab – Students are given a holistic education complemented with our state-of-the-art facilities inclusive of a wine tasting lab.

General Facilities at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

  • Cafeteria – A melting pot of food and life, students from all walks of life and schools gather here
    Student Lounge at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

    Student Lounge at KDU University College Utropolis Glenmarie

    for their daily feast.

  • Computer Lab – A number of computers all at the ready for our students’ access, connected to the free high speed WIFI service available on campus.
  • Student Lounge – A student hotspot equipped with comfortable furniture for students to ease their minds.
  • Library – The Utropolis Glenmarie library is spread out over 50,000 square feet, fitted with a coffee bar, Zen garden reading lounge, quiet study and learning pods.
  • Learning Pod- Students can have the space they need in order to focus on studies at hand at the private Learning Pod.
  • Atrium – Wide open space often bathed with natural sunlight.

KDU Student Accommodation, Utropolis, Glenmarie

On-campus accommodation on a 10-acre, 7-storey block that accommodates up to 580 students which is divided into male and female wings.

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