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Culinary Arts degree



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  • Culinary Arts
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Degrees in Food and Beverage Studies Culinary Arts

Why study a culinary arts degree abroad?

As the famous chef Wolfgang Puck once said, “Cooking is the expression of the land where you are and the culture of that place.” Because each country and culture has its own special cuisine, there’s possibly no better subject to study abroad than culinary arts. Whether you want to become the chef at the next Michelin-starred restaurant or want to change the food industry, a culinary arts degree will give you the tools you need to learn how to cook some incredible food, as well as insights into the theory of food-focused hospitality.

Culinary arts degrees come in many shapes and sizes. You can enroll in a bachelor’s or master’s degree in culinary arts or a certificate or diploma program in a specific field within culinary arts. No matter the program, all of these provide an amazing way to learn more about food, culture, and hospitality and teach you the most essential and innovative cooking techniques from experienced and accomplished chefs around the world.

What are the prerequisites for studying culinary arts abroad?

Other than a high school education, there is typically no background required to study culinary arts at a bachelor’s level, other than a strong work ethic and a sincere passion for food and cooking. If you’re interested in pursuing a master’s degree in culinary arts, typically you will need either a formal education background in culinary arts from the bachelor’s level, or work experience cooking professionally.

chefs cooking in kitchen

What will I learn studying culinary arts abroad?

Just like the restaurant world, culinary arts schools are extremely fast-paced and you’ll be required to master skills and techniques quickly. Most culinary arts programs prioritize a hands-on education--so the majority of your program will probably be spent in the kitchen learning the most innovative techniques. That said, many programs place an emphasis on the more theoretical aspect of cooking, as well as the business side. Depending on your program, you may get a stronger emphasis on the entrepreneurial side of cooking if that’s your focus. Many programs also have specific tracks for students to choose depending on their interests, like chefs, restaurant managers, and entrepreneurs.

Culinary arts degrees also usually require substantial internships within the field at a local restaurant or a restaurant within the school’s network. These provide excellent experience and valuable work experience in the highly competitive industry before you even graduate the program.

If you’re doing a shorter-term culinary arts certificate or program, you will get the opportunity to specialize in a very specific type of culinary arts. These programs are good options for chefs or cooks who already have a basic culinary education and want to specialize in something that’s of distinct interest to them.

Here are a few examples of certificate programs you could take, to supplement your education:

  • Mediterranean cooking & diet 
  • Cake decorating
  • Bread baking
  • Fundamentals of Asian cuisine
  • Patisserie technique essentials
  • Confectionery manufacturing

What can I do with a degree in culinary arts?

Being a chef isn’t the only thing you can do with a degree in culinary arts! Here are some other potential opportunities you have access to with your degree:

  • Chef
  • Pastry Chef
  • Personal Chef
  • Food & Beverage Director
  • Quality Auditor
  • Kitchen Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Food Stylist 

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