The Institut Lyfe (formerly Institut Paul Bocuse) trains decision-makers in the hotel, restaurant and culinary arts professions. In 30 years, a unique ecosystem of initial training, research and professional training has been created. Today, it welcomes 1,400 students of 72 nationalities on 10 international campuses. From Bachelor’s to Doctorate level, its teaching is based on an experiential pedagogy centred on project management, the revelation of talents, the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity. Its international strategy is based on an educational hub created with the best schools and universities in the world and its network of 4,500 alumni in 80 countries.

It is the first private higher education establishment in the hotel and restaurant industry to be recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, with four state-approved Bachelors in Management. It is the only school in France to have a 1* application restaurant, a 5* hotel-school and a research centre which, through its scientific work, contributes to the quality of teaching in a forward-looking vision of the Hospitality and Culinary Arts professions. It became the only French school accredited by THE ICE.

Since 1990, this institution has been adapting its approaches, formats and teachers to the constant evolution of our professions, while maintaining the excellence and innovation for which it is renowned worldwide. At the heart of its campus in Écully, creativity and ideas come to life every day in the various teaching areas. It is here that the Executive Education Centre was born in 2001, welcoming each year professionals who wish to improve their skills or discover a whole new way of life.

In this international space, where profiles meet, complement and enrich each other, the objective is unique: to pass on with passion the authentic knowledge, know-how and interpersonal skills of our professions in order to build and accompany the careers of today’s and tomorrow’s professionals.

OUR PROFESSIONAL development modules

The executive education centre welcomes adults and professionals, both French and international, to perfect their skills or to help them discover a whole new art of living.

Each year, more than 400 professionals come to refine their knowledge and techniques with chefs, pastry chefs, maîtres d’hôtel, mixologists, sommeliers, management and communication experts from the Institut Lyfe.

Our advanced level courses are dedicated to people with initial experience and knowledge in cooking, pastry-making, baking, catering or sommellerie, depending on the course chosen.

The Institut Lyfe Executive Education offers comprehensive career retraining courses, combining theory and application, to help those with a passion for gastronomy to develop their professional retraining project.

The executive education centre also offers specific support to professionals in the hotel, gastronomic, commercial or collective catering, food processing and hospitality and service industries in their transformation and in the development of their staff’s skills, within the framework of tailor-made programmes, according to their projects.


our commitments and certifications