MSc- in Culinary Leadership & Innovation

Our MSc-Master Of Science in Culinary Leadership & Innovation, in partnership with Haaga Helia  trains future leaders in the food industry sector. It gives cutting-edge expertise in innovation and transformation in the culinary world.

MSc innovation culinary management

Qualification : MSc-Master of Science awarded by Conférence des Grandes Ecoles.
Duration: 12-month academic course + 6-month internship (140 ECTS)
Language of instruction: 100% English
Entry requirement: Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS)*
Start date: End-August
Careers: Concept Developer, Entrepreneur, Research Chef, Culinary Consultant, Executive Chef , F&B Manager, Innovation manager, Food designer
*Also open to applicants with 2 years of higher education and 3 years of managerial experience and to professionals with a lower level of education and at least 5 years of managerial experience (via the VAP).

Develop a strategic vision of culinary INNOVATION WITH OUR MSC

As a visionary, you seek to acquire a strategic and innovative understanding of the culinary sector and future trends. You are a leader, aiming for a high-level management position that combines creativity and innovation ? With your imagination and boldness, you are looking to develop your entrepreneurial spirit.

Chef or graduate of a culinary or hospitality school, business school or simply a passionate person wishing to specialise or retrain in the food industry, our programme will be your springboard to achieve your professional ambitions. Our MSc prepares for high-level management positions, providing you with all the skills and tools necessary to adapt, grow and build your professional career.



This MSc-master of Science programme aims to strengthen and develop your managerial skills and research methods, with focus on the world around us. 

You will be trained in two European countries renowned for their food, culinary arts and their avant-garde teaching methods:  in France at Institut Lyfe and in Finland at Haaga Helia University of Applied Sciences.


Our program, taught entirely in English, is based on an innovative approach that focuses on skill acquisition through collaborative projects, in partnership with leading international companies (General Mills, Food Service Vision, etc.), and partner schools (ISARA, Haaga-Helia) to promote a strategic perspective of the industry.


 You can do an intensive seven-even-week culinary arts programme prior to the course if you need to acquire the basic culinary techniques required to undertake the programme.

Course features*

*Given only as examples

1st semester

On Institut Lyfe campus:

  • Interpreting Foodservice Financial Statements
  • Food & Beverage Management
  • Innovation Management
  • Hospitality Entrepreneurship
  • Market Research & Data Analytics
  • Foodservice Information and Technology Management
  • Real life group projects : Food Design Project, Concept Design & Development Project.

Discover our student’s previous project

2nd semester

On Institut Lyfe campus:

  • Restaurant Design
  • Meeting Planning & Events Management
  • Environmental and Social Sustainability in Foodservice
  • Culinary Leadership
  • Fourd & Beverage Management
  • Real life projects : new Product Development Project, multi units foodservice project

See previous projects example

 On Haaga-Helia University  campus – Helsinki, Finland:

  • Culinary Investigation
  • Developing and Managing Experiences
  • Service Design and Product Development in Services
3th semester

Final Thesis or Business Plan (report & defence)
Internship/professional experience (6 months)  or entrepreneurial project

Choice of 1 units among : (subject to a minimum number of students registered)
  • Menu Research & Innovation
  • Gastrophysics & Sensorial Exploration
  • Implementing Culinary Trends
  • Fine Dining Immersion Project
  • Gastrophysics & Sensorial Exploration
  • Food Science and Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Food Engineering
  • Processed Foods Project
  • Financing Foodservice Businesses
  • Consulting Techniques
  • Implementing Culinary Trends
  • In-Company Consulting Project
  • Financing Foodservice Businesses
  • Implementing Culinary Trends
  • Foodservice Marketing & Communication
  • Advanced Business Planning Project

Why choose us?


  • Make academic excellence your choice:  our MSc has been awarded by The Conférence des Grandes Ecoles.
  • Discover the world through immersion in Finland with our partner Haaga Helia, universally acknowledged for its innovative teaching methods.
  • Improve your ability to work in multi-cultural business settings with 72 nationalities on campus & evolve in a multicultural cohort, with more than 50% of students from outside of France.
  • Bridge the gap between theory and practice through business projects carried out with our partners such as General Mills, Kraft-Heinz, Aryzta, Getty’s, Sirha, Food Service Vision, etc.
  • Develop your scientific culture with R&D projects in collaboration with our Research Centre.
  • Plan for your future on an international scale100% of our graduates find suitable employment within 3 months of graduating. 


What can I do next?

Be part of a bright future

Careers and opportunities

The Msc- Master of Science in Culinary Leadership & Innovation is recognised in France and abroad.

It offers opportunities for further studies and applied research to become a research professor, for example, or to join the R&D departments of major world groups.

It is also the perfect place for you if you intend to start your career in a variety of positions of responsibility:

  • Concept developer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Research chef
  • Culinary consultant
  • Executive chef
  • F&B Manager
  • Innovation manager
  • Food designer