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Culinary Arts

Why Study Culinary Arts & Nutrition?

For those who have a passion for both nutrition and cooking, the desire to create meals that are both delicious and healthy, and wish to spend their career in the kitchen, a degree in culinary arts may be for you. Additionally, the possibilities of a career in the field of culinary arts are much higher when a degree in culinary arts is pursued alongside a degree in nutrition. There are a variety of chef’s who are focused on the preparation of natural, healthy, vitamin rich meals. A nutritional culinary artist is able to prepare meals that not only look and taste great, but are also therapeutic, nourishing and even catered to specific dietetic needs, including the combat of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, food allergies and intolerances and other ailments. Moreover, many nutritional chefs are hired to create diets with specific meals for specified training for events such as marathons or other sporting activities. Many other nutritional chefs are hired simply to assist clients to lose weight.

A chef is not just the head of a kitchen. He or she is an artist, a nutritionist and a diet consultant, hired to prepare foods that not only taste great, but to provide their client with the nutrients they need to reach their specific health, diet and fitness goals. A graduate of culinary arts and nutrition understands not only their way around a kitchen, mastering all necessary tools and types of food involved, but also the business side of preparing meals in small or large kitchens for clients from individuals and small groups all the way up to large scale restaurant or banquet settings.

What Does A Degree In Culinary Arts & Nutrition Consist Of?

A program from a culinary arts school may very between each college or university, depending on the level of nutritional instruction and its focus in a specific area of culinary arts. However, most programs at the universities providing degrees in culinary arts and nutrition will include instruction of the following skills:

  • Traditional culinary skills including work with knives and other kitchen tools, proper work place sanitation and efficiency and effectiveness in food preparation.
  • Preparing traditional foods by using traditional ingredients in non-traditional, healthier ways.
  • Meal preparation using alternative ingredients including organics, nutritional supplements, raw foods, etc.
  • Begin the development of a list of recipes to build upon when starting your career.
  • Creating individualized, custom meal plans for clients with specific ailments including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, food allergies including celiac disease and other wheat allergies, digestion disorders and many other issues.
  • How to make quantity conversions to adapt recipes to specific clients and meal plans.
  • How to plan, prepare and serve all types of meals. Classes will vary depending on each school’s program and their individual focus. However, most culinary arts degrees that focus on nutrition will likely include courses in the following areas:
  • General & Specific Nutrition Courses
  • Restaurant Menu Planning & Preparation
  • Restaurant Marketing
  • Food Service Management
  • Food & Beverage Purchasing
  • Kitchen Skills
  • Meal Preparation & Presentation

View our list of culinary arts degrees here at Nutritionist World and find a program that meets your educational and career goals. There are programs both campus-based and online to choose from.

Culinary Arts, Nutrition & Food Allergies

The culinary arts degree with a focus on nutrition has become much more prevalent with today’s increased understanding of food allergies and food intolerances. It is estimated that there are over 12 million Americans with significant food allergies alone, and this number is rising. The most common food allergies in North American consist of the following eight foods, causing roughly 90 percent of all food allergies:

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  • Dairy – (Heiner Syndrome)
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree Nuts
  • Seafood
  • Shellfish
  • Soy – (MSPI)
  • Wheat/Gluten – (Celiac)

At the present time, the known treatment approach by doctors worldwide is a change or adjustment in diet. For this reason, the demand for chef’s who understand these ailments and who are able to provide healthy, great tasting meals for the people who suffer from these allergies has risen very fast over the past decade. As nutritionists and doctors continue to improve their understanding of these food allergies and intolerances, including diagnosis and treatment, culinary chefs with an understanding of nutrition and food allergies will continue to be demanded on much higher levels.

Continuing Education & Advanced Degrees In Nutrition & Culinary Arts

For our visitors currently working in the nutrition industry who wish to advance their career with additional skills in culinary arts, Nutritionist World provides a list of degrees that will prepare graduates for a career as an advanced nutritional chef. Likewise, those working at the present time in the culinary industry that wish to increase their marketability and professional skill set with a degree in nutrition can choose from a host of continuing education and advanced degrees. It may be time to get the training needed to move your career forward to a position that requires the combined knowledge of both culinary arts and nutrition Nutritionist World provides courses in continuing education, certification, bachelors degrees, masters degrees and PhD’s in a variety of culinary arts and nutrition fields.

View our list of culinary schools in america and learn how to choose a culinary school.

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            Culinary Arts (D)
            • Program areas include Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, and more
            • Students are taught cooking styles from around the globe, including Classical European, Asian, and Latin cuisine
            • Curriculum designed to prepare students for a career as a chef, with course topics that include Culinary Techniques, Management by Menu, and Nutrition
            • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Culinary Arts - AS
            • Each campus features a public restaurant where culinary students work under the direction of professional chefs for real-world experience.
            • Hosts Platt College’s Food Fight, a friendly dessert competition for students held once a month.
            • Offers programs in culinary arts, nursing, and healthcare.
            • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation (AFC) and Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            • 5 campuses in Lawton, North and Central Oklahoma City, Moore, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
            Applied Nutrition
            • Gives students the opportunity to earn their associate’s degree in the culinary arts field in less than 15 months
            • Located in Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia.
            • Offers externship experiences to students for experience in the field.
            • Hosts regular career fairs for employer recruitment.
            • Has student housing available.
            Culinary Arts
            • Students get real-world experience through the required externship at the end of the program.
            • Curriculum includes laboratory sessions, academic preparation and hands-on experience.
            • Program objectives are to provide students with skills needed for cooking wholesome, attractive, food preparations and to assist graduates in obtaining positions in the food service industry.
            • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF).
            • Has campuses in Melbourne, Sarasota, and Tallahassee, Florida
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            Culinary Arts

            Dorsey has been a trusted career training school in Michigan for over 80 years!

            We offer training programs designed to prepare our students for careers in fields such as healthcare, beauty, culinary, and skilled trades



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            Diploma in Culinary Arts
            • Culinary Arts program includes the 3-week Farm To Table® Experience, where students gain a direct, in-depth look at where food comes from.
            • Numerous scholarship opportunities and financial aid are available to students who qualify.
            • Accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), and the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
            • 2 campuses located in Boulder, Colorado and Austin, Texas.
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            Certificate in Culinary Arts
            Virginia College , Greenville
            • Instructors are typically real-world professionals with many years of experience in their career fields.
            • Ranked #3 in Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2014 by Military Times.
            • Presents the full tuition cost up front. In most cases, even textbooks are included in the total price.
            • Provides career services associates to help students review their resume, provide career counseling, help with job searches, and more.
            • Has 27 campus locations across the southern United States, plus offers online degree programs.
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            Associate of Science in Culinary Arts
            • Ranked among the Best Colleges in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Ranked the 13th  Best College for Veterans in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 12:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has students attend one class at a time to ensure easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
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            Associate of Science in Culinary Arts
            Get your career started with an education from Spencerian College. Earn your certificate, diploma, or associate degree for a career in the allied health, technology, or business administration fields.
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            Pastry Arts - Diploma
            • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
            • A private post-secondary institution of higher education serving south-central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland since 1967.
            • Offers associate degrees in specialized business and specialized technology, as well as programs leading to professional certifications and diplomas.
            • Gives each student their own career services specialist who helps keep them focused on their goals.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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            Certificate-Baking and Pastry
            • Dedicated to providing a hands-on, personal approach to education since 1946.
            • Provides associate degrees and short-term certificate programs in business, design, healthcare, and more.
            • Offers alumni free “brush up” classes, allowing graduates to exercise certain skills or software that they may not have used in a while.
            • Gives students many options for campus activities, including intramural sports, drama club, and campus parties.
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            Cooking & Catering
            • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
            • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
            • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
            • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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