Online Culinary Training

Generally speaking, the practical aspects of culinary training – the work done on the counter and in front of the stove – is best studied hands-on under the supervision of a chef.

Especially for the novice or inexperienced cook, or the cook who’s trying out a new cuisine, it’s best to get input and advice on things like taste, smell, texture and technique directly from their instructor and their peers.

For those who haven’t cooked in a professional setting, experience in the kitchen/laboratory, with all the tools on hand, and the work environment they could be facing in the real world, is an essential part of good culinary training. Proven interpersonal skills are also important in the often high-pressure world of restaurant kitchens.

Restaurants and other eating establishments may not look as favorably on an online cooking certification from an applicant who’s just breaking into the field as they would on one who has the certification from hours spent in a school kitchen.

But for other aspects of the culinary arts, like business management, career development or budget planning, online courses could be perfect for the busy student who doesn’t have the time to be on campus, or those who have experience and want to enhance their careers. Some of the most prestigious schools – like Le Cordon Bleu or the Culinary Institute of America – offer online courses in these fields, and more.

There are also a multitude of distance learning options from career training colleges that could suit your needs, including:

Ecornell, the distance learning arm of Cornell University, offers a certificate in Hospitality and Foodservice Management that covers topics like marketing, foodservice management and managing people.

DeVry University offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a Hospitality Management major designed to give the student strong business skills they can apply to the hospitality and travel field.

Bear in mind, though, that online courses, while flexible, are often just as, or even more labor intensive than classroom courses. To prove you’ve done the necessary reading, you may be required to write essays, view videos on the internet and participate in online forums. And that’s before you take the tests and write the papers.

However, if you’re fairly experienced in the kitchen, or if you’re a novice who is at least confident in your knife skills, as well as your stovetop and oven techniques, or are not looking for a high-level degree, there are some online cooking courses that could suit your needs:

Ashworth College offers a career diploma in Gourmet Cooking and Catering. In 20 lessons, students can learn the basics of gourmet cooking, learn a range of different techniques and dishes, and learn how to manage events and run a catering business.

Penn Foster Career School offers a distance learning program that certifies students in catering that covers the techniques and practices of running your own catering business. The program covers the tools and basic skills needed to set up your own business, and offers recipes that can be prepared.

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