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Fact: We've become a nation of foodies.

Magazines, TV shows and even food blogs have demystified gourmet cooking for millions of American and the culinary arts are generating buzz like never before. And it's not just the gourmands and epicureans who appreciate the increasing interest in gastronomy, as business people are taking a bite into culinary arts as well. Data from the National Restaurant Association indicates that Americans are expected to spend $660 billion in the country's restaurants in 2013 while the food and dining industry is projected to add 1.3 million new jobs to the economy over the next decade (NRA, 2012). With these facts in mind, earning a degree in restaurant management from one of the nation's growing number of culinary arts institutes might be a sweet recipe for career success.

Why culinary arts school?

A successful career in restaurant management generally calls for a few key ingredients: customer service skills, quick problem-solving skills, leadership abilities and a dash of nutritional knowledge. Today's culinary arts schools are prepared to offer restaurant managers in training all this and more, as their management programs can combine business leadership skills with the bustling pace and exponential growth seen in the culinary world. Training to be a restaurant manager at a culinary arts school lets you continue your love affair with food and food service while moving beyond the kitchen.

A culinary arts education in restaurant management will give students a chance to explore both theoretical and practical management techniques, along with courses in business law, hospitality, menu planning, food and beverage handling and more.

Is culinary arts school for you?

Post-secondary education is becoming increasingly important in today's competitive marketplace. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that a growing number of employers prefer to hire restaurant managers with a degree (BLS, 2012) in the hospitality or food service management. Though on the job training is an option in some restaurants, you might find that high-end and prestigious establishments prefer to hire managers who have proven their skills and experience by earning a degree.

A degree in the culinary arts is likely within reach, regardless of where you live. The BLS indicates that nearly 1,000 colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in restaurant and hospitality management or institutional food service management (BLS, 2012). Additionally, hundreds of vocational schools and arts institutes nationwide offer certificates and degrees in culinary arts, many with programs specializing in hospitality and restaurant management. Online culinary arts school have made a certificate or degree an option even if you happen to reside miles from the closest campus or want to work at your own pace.

Some culinary arts schools offer flexible course schedules, designed for students balancing a career with their coursework while programs offer accelerated restaurant management programs that can put you on the fast track to a diploma. Admission requirements vary by institution: some require that applicants have a high school diploma or GED, other culinary arts programs will admit students still in high school or without a diploma.

Financial aid and scholarship packages can also make culinary arts education accessible if available. Tuition may vary by school, an admissions counselor at your chosen institution can walk you through the applications process and help you find grants, aid and scholarships that might be available to you.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Food Service Managers http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/food-service-managers.htm#tab-4
National Restaurant Association, News & Research http://www.restaurant.org/research/facts/

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Food Service Managers http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/food-service-managers.htm#tab-4

National Restaurant Association, News & Research http://www.restaurant.org/research/facts/

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            Culinary Arts (AS)
            • Program areas include Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, and more
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