Eager to learn more about the interaction between humans and their food? Change the way you eat and drink for the rest of your life? Develop yourself as an expert in gastronomy through learning everything about food and beverages and the way people perceive them ? Then the minor Gastronomy is the right choice for you!


Study start

  • April
  • November


  • Leeuwarden


  • English

European credits

  • 15 EC's

Minor type

  • For specific bachelor programmes

Subject area

  • Hospitality Management

Minor content

Through lectures and workshops, studying a considerable body of literature, some excursions, the work on your module assignments, you will develop knowledge and insight in the interaction of humans and their food and beverages, especially the sensory interaction. During this module, the only self-reflection we demand from you is the reflection on your own eating behaviour and on the development of your tasting abilities. You will observe a remarkable increase in your capacities to recognise and to define the flavour profile of a foodstuff or a wine; you will develop a vocabulary to communicate about the characteristics of ingredients, preparation, finished dishes, combined courses and the right beverage combinations. You will never have studied a module before that is so focused on one area and so profound: that also will be a new experience for you.

Structure of the minor

Unit : 1 The Gastronome   
The student gains in-depth knowledge of food chemistry and food-science, gastronomic values and cultural aspects of food and the flavour and taste aspects. 
The student gains insight in the structure and working of the human sensorial system and is able to describe the composition of food according to the cultural- and biochemical aspects and dilemma’s, and the flavour profile. 

Unit 2: Food composition and food-wine pairing     
The student is able to apply the different food preparation techniques to different types of products and to justify these, is able to explain their influence(s) on the changes of the structure of food components and evaluate the effects on the flavour profile.  
This unit is assessed by the Design Challenge: in which the students should compose - in groups  - a complete gastronomic 4-course menu; using the principles of Dutch cuisine. Each course should be guided by an accompanying beverage.

Unit 3: SDEN 3 wine certification  
The student gains in-depth knowledge about  wine (SDEN 3), and the pairing of wine with food.


Module assessment Type of assessment Individual /group Weight Pass mark
HOMB18V3GAGCO-A       3 EC
Food science Learner reports (3) Individual 

LR1 = 33,3%
LR2 = 33,3%
LR3 = 33,3%

HOMB18V3GAGCO-A       6 EC
Food- and menu composition, food-wine pairing  Pitch
Cooking battle
Final report


HOMB18V3GAGCO-A       6 EC
SDEN 3 wine certification Written test
including tasting
Individual 100% 6.0 

Target group

Stenden Hotel Management School students with a profound interest in Gastronomic topics.   

Test provided by the Dutch wine academy (SDEN 3) Cost: € 150,-    


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