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Culinary Arts
Students in Culinary Arts/Culinary Management enjoy a practical hands-on approach to innovative methods and classical techniques, as well as numerous cuisines. A rigorous training program combines both laboratory and general education coursework, in addition to business courses including supervision and cost control. Students are prepared for employment and for transfer to four-year programs.

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Career Options

Majoring in Culinary Arts/Culinary Management, will allow graduates to become a culinary specialist with varied career options such as being a:

  • Caterer
  • Line cook
  • Restaurateur
  • Executive chef
  • Food stylist
  • Pastry chef
  • Kitchen manager
  • Restaurant manager
  • Private chef
  • Entrepreneur
  • Food writer or editor
  • Product research and development specialist
  • Sous chef
Rapid promotional opportunities in this field exist for people with increasing skill sets and enhanced educational backgrounds. Careers in hospitality and tourism extend far beyond individual restaurants, recreation services, food service operations, hotels and lodging facilities, and travel-related businesses. Worldwide experiences abound in resorts, country clubs, catering companies, cruise lines, casinos, convention centers, theme parks, airlines, and more.