Kevin Markwell of Southern Cross University in Lismore says the new course is “a unique combination of food management, knowledge and skills along with the cultural understanding of food.”
Kevin Markwell of Southern Cross University in Lismore says the new course is “a unique combination of food management, knowledge and skills along with the cultural understanding of food.” Mireille Merlet-Shaw

SCU masters food tourism

A WORLD-renowned culinary institution with roots in a culture that prides itself on fine foods, finer wines and elegant hospitality has teamed up with Southern Cross University (SCU) to offer a unique degree.

The Paris-based education institution, Le Cordon Bleu and SCU have launched a distance education Masters Degree in Gastronomic Tourism.

The only post-graduate degree of its kind available in Australia will allow students to gain a greater understanding of gastronomy and the value of food in society and culture.

"It's a unique combination of food management, knowledge and skills along with the cultural understanding of food," said SCU Associate Professor of Tourism Kevin Markwell.

"Le Cordon Bleu was attracted to SCU because of our experience in hospitality, tourism and distance education. We are in collaboration with an institution that has a long history in the industry.

"They are very highly regarded."

The course would appeal to those in food and wine media, industry professionals and food tourism, which is a growing industry on the North Coast.

"Food is always an important part of travelling for people but now people are travelling to experience the food from specific regions," Prof Markwell said.

"The Northern Rivers is positioned to benefit from food tourism."

The online course is open to local and international students with a bachelor's degree can gain direct entry.

Applications for the course are now open.



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