Mente Argentina: Culinary Arts Professional Chef Degree Program


Argentina: Buenos Aires


This is an intensive culinary arts program, created specifically for students who are passionate about gastronomy and expanding their culinary skill set. Aspiring chefs in the Mente Argentina Professional Chef Degree Program will take intensive classes for five months which cover the same content as a 2 year Culinary Arts degree program.

In just five months, graduates will master basic and advanced cooking techniques. Students will learn the gastronomic concepts behind their practical skills which will allow them to independently create original recipes using both classic and modern culinary theory. Student will also obtain a comprehensive education in marketing, costs and budgets, and an introduction to wine. The student will have command of all practical and technical facets of cooking and kitchen and restaurant management.

Mente Argentina's culinary institute has designed everything to facilitate the highest level gastronomic education. The dedicated, professional instructors practice and teach the most cutting edge culinary techniques in the industry. The wealth of information available to students allows for a learning experience and education easily comparable to that of the best culinary schools in the world.

The school will provide you with fresh, high quality ingredients as well as all of the necessary resources for the classes. At the end of many classes you will be able to taste the dishes, often with a wine pairing. This program will not only allow you to study in the most respected cooking school in Buenos Aires, but through our cultural immersion activities, you will also have the opportunity to experience the city of Buenos Aires in an exciting and different way. Students will live in one of our first class apartments located in the two nicest neighborhoods in the city, Palermo and Recoleta. For the duration of the program, you will also have the support of the Mente Argentina staff; we are on call 24 hours a day and we will do our best to make sure your stay is comfortable and pleasant.

The Mente Argentina Chef Degree Program is taught in Spanish. However, nearly 50% of our former participants didn't know any Spanish before starting our Cooking Program. If you are in this situation or if you would like to refresh your Spanish before starting your Cooking courses, we offer an Intensive Spanish Preparation Course which takes place 1-2 months before the beginning of each semester.

Mente Argentina also offers you the opportunity to combine your program with Spanish lessons. This way you will be able to learn or improve your Spanish while participating in the Cooking Program which will enhance your overall experience in Argentina.

Lessons last four hours and are offered from Monday to Friday at the Mente Argentina Spanish School in small groups of up to eight students. These group classes will be combined with individual Spanish lessons so that you can work specifically on your weaknesses and your areas of interest.


* Tuition:
Includes all tuition at the culinary institute (No hidden fees). All classes are taught by experienced professional instructors.

* MA Program Coordinators:
Mente Argentina Program Coordinators are available 24 hours a day to assist students with all aspects of their study abroad experience, even before you actually get here!

* Weekly Excursions / Activities included at no extra charge!
Please see the Mente Argentina website for a complete list of excursions.
Entrance fees are included on all excursions.

* Accommodations:
Mente Argentina is the only study abroad organization that provides secure and comfortable accommodations in the most exclusive neighborhoods of Buenos Aires: Palermo, Belgrano, Barrio Norte, Recoleta. Everything is included, even maid service once a week! (Shared Apartment Accommodation)

* Airport Pick Up and Drop Off:
Your program coordinator will be waiting for you at your accommodation to brief you about the program.

* Volunteer and Internship Placements (Optional)
Mente Argentina volunteer and internship placements in Buenos Aires, offer international students the opportunity to put their skills and abilities to use while volunteering for a cause they believe in or furthering their knowledge and experience in a unique work environment.


Throughout the year

Travel Types

  • Cooking

Degree Level

Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

Subject Areas

  • Culinary Arts

Cost in US$:

Please inquire for more information.

Program Fees Include:

* Admission & Enrollment
* Full Tuition
* Professional Chef Degree
* Accommodation in secure and comfortable Shared Apartment located in Palermo, Barrio Norte or Recoleta - All utilities included: Electricity, water, gas, maid service, linens and towels, Wi-Fi Internet, building taxes, city taxes, cable TV, line telephone
* Welcome Package: On your arrival you will receive the Mente Argentina welcome package containing the Mente Argentina bag, Mente Argentina welcome guide, a mate, maps, cell Phone, city guide and much more!
* Airport Pick up and Drop off: Your program coordinator will be waiting for you at the accommodation brief you about the program.
* Free Cell Phone: USD 50 Security Deposit is required
* Free Gym Membership
* 24 hr. On-Site Support: We are here to help you in case you need us!
* Activities included in the program fee (at no extra charge):
- Buenos Aires City Tour
- Tigre and Delta Tour
- La Boca, San Telmo & Puerto Madero Tour
- Tango Lessons
- La Bomba Percussion show
- Buenos Aires Pub Crawl
- Buenos Aires Graffiti
- Mente Argentina Nights & Many more...

Experience Required


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Apartment/Flat
  • Dormitory
  • Home-stays
  • Independent living

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Scholarships are Available

Please visit Mente Argentina's website for scholarship information.

Application Process Involves

  • Essay
  • Letters of Reference
  • Resume
  • Written Application

Post Services Include

  • Job and Internship Network