Culinary Arts Training

If you’re serious about getting into the culinary arts as a profession, a culinary training program will help you immensely as you get your feet wet in this growing and competitive field.

Why Get Professional Training?

Sure, you can get a job in the culinary arts without any professional credentials, and many have, but going through a training program gives you a breadth of knowledge that allows you to take advantage of a wide variety of opportunities in many places. Do you want to specialize in Asian cuisine? Do you want to become a chocolatier? Do you want to run your own restaurant? Formal training can help you do all that.

Also, your credentials give your potential employers the assurance they need that you can perform the functions of the job for which you are applying. And, if you’re looking to move up to a management position, many organizations require an advanced degree. In short, a professional culinary training program is an investment that goes a long way.

What Will I Learn?

There are many levels of training that are available, from the basic online correspondence course that may get your foot in the door to an entry-level job, to the graduate degree that could help you on your way to your high-end restaurant management ambitions. Depending on the kind of employment you aspire to, you can certify in as little as six months or get your Masters degree in two years.

No matter whether you’re just getting started or heading towards upper management, a job in the professional culinary industry will require you to know the fundamentals: keeping a clean kitchen, knowing your ingredients, basic methods of food preparation. You’ll have to know these things as an entry-level line cook so you can get that first kitchen job; you’ll have to know these things as a gourmet restaurant manager so you can step in when needed on a busy night. Caterers and private chefs will also have to tailor their knowledge of these basics to apply them to the homes and venues they work in as well.

Hands-on experience counts when it comes to moving up in your career; most, if not all programs require a certain amount of work or lab experience. The point of externships and work experience is to prove that outside of the theoretical aspect of cooking, you have the technical skills to perform the job. Because the job often requires you to work closely with others in fast-paced, ever-changing high-pressure situations, work experience also proves you have the communications and social skills to be part of a team.

Advanced degrees may take a combination of externships and work experience to qualify. Entry-level certifications provide practical laboratory work, and opportunities to work around the community; at this point even fast-food kitchen work is a plus. The most basic of training assumes that you will use it to get the work experience you need to get in or move up in the culinary field.

Accreditation, Accreditation, Accreditation

In all cases, accreditation is important. Without accreditation, the time, money and effort you spend on a culinary program could be for naught. It’s even possible that you could lose your job or face other penalties for taking a job based on a program that is not accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency, even if you had no intention of doing any wrong.

If you’re ready to take on the exciting and creative career path into the culinary arts, or bump your skills up into a better job in the restaurant and hospitality industry, the only thing you need to do is decide to get started. Once you do, the culinary programs will take care of giving you the skills, experience, and even the connections you need to get ahead in the culinary field.

Keiser University

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.

At Keiser University, you will find a warm, friendly community with faculty and staff truly committed to your success. Our small class sizes, individualized attention, and one-class-at-a-time schedules create a positive learning environment where you can excel. Whether your goal is to prepare for a new career or to advance with your current employer, Keiser University is designed around your needs.

Keiser University Advantage

  • Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs
  • Day, Evening, and Online Classes
  • Financial Aid to Those Who Qualify
  • Job Placement Assistance Available
  • Military-friendly, scholarships for qualified active duty personnel, Veterans, and dependents. Yellow Ribbon program participant, approved for Veterans training Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university.

Keiser University’s programs and curriculum remain in-line with technology and workforce trends, helping you develop the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed in today’s job market. Our career-focused programs make it possible for you to graduate in less time than you may think.
Programs and delivery format vary by campus. Courses are subject to change.

Keiser University’s programs and curriculum remain in-line with technology and workforce trends, helping you develop the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed in today’s job market. Our career-focused programs make it possible for you to graduate in less time than you may think.

Campus
  • Melbourne
  • Sarasota
  • Tallahassee
Programs
  • Associate of Science in Culinary Arts
  • Associate of Science in Baking and Pastry Arts

Florida Technical College

We pride ourselves in providing students with an exceptional learning experience through individualized instruction and subject-focused training. At FTC, all classes are limited in size to ensure personalized attention. Small class sizes allow students to obtain the hands-on training needed to feel confident in their abilities. Our individualized approach to learning is also subject-focused. Most students take one course a month which allows you to focus your energy on mastering one subject before moving on to the next.

Campus
  • Kissimmee
Programs
  • Culinary Arts
  • Baking and Pasterleria