Culinary education is growing in popularity. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the tourism and hospitality sector in a big way. However, food deliveries still increased and barring a few months chefs have been in demand. Food is a basic necessity and culinary arts has helped hotels and restaurants innovate and create amazing culinary experience for customers, foodies, entrepreneurs and more.
In this article, let’s discuss a few things about culinary arts. From top institutes to career progression to the advantages and disadvantages of culinary career, we have tried to cover all of these in brief. Please refer to our other articles for details if you wish to explore further. Let’s get started now with the discussion around culinary arts.
Top Institutes and Specialisations in Culinary Education
There are a lot of courses and specialisation from undergraduate to post graduate level. Some of the examples of typical culinary courses include.
BA Culinary Arts
PG Culinary Arts
BHM Catering Technology & Culinary Arts
Bachelor in Culinary Science
Diploma in Pastry & Bakery
PG Diploma in Bakery and Confectionary
Diploma in Food and Beverage Operations
There are a lot of top culinary institutes with specialisation in various cuisines, bakery, pastry and more. Culinary Arts education basically involves about cooking, presenting, designing food. You must have heard about a lot of celebrity chefs. If you want to be one, you need to start by taking up education at one of the culinary institutes.
Some of the Top culinary institutes are:
- Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, USA
- Hattori Nutrition College, Japan
- Institute of Culinary Education, New York, USA
- Le Cordon Bleu, Paris & London
- School of Artisan Food, UK
- The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, USA
Eligibility for culinary courses are similar to the BHM courses. You need to have completed higher secondary education and international students need to satisfy language criterion. TOEFL and IELTS are key English language tests serving as standard globally.
Culinary education is also offered at most of the top hospitality institutes across the globe. The eligibility and selection criterion along with fees varies from institutes to institute.
Some of the best places to study these courses are in the USA, UK, Switzerland, Australia and Canada. However, a lot of new and existing colleges providing culinary arts are coming up from Asian countries.
Career Progression after a Culinary Course
Chef jobs is one of the highest paid jobs in the hospitality industry. So, the key aim of culinary education for most is to become a chef in a reputed hospitality establishments.
However, there are other career opportunities like nutritionists, Food Quality control and more.
Here are the top career options post a culinary degree or diploma:
- Chef (Starting from Commis- DCDP – CDP or Chef de Partie – Sous Chef – Executive Chef / Speciality Chef)
- Food Entrepreneurs
- Pastry Chefs
- Bakery Chefs
- Butchery Chefs
- Concept Developers
- Menu and Food designers
- Nutritionist / Dietitian (more courses required post culinary diploma)
- Hygiene Manager
Pros and Cons of Culinary Education
- One of the most creative jobs.
- Hospitality and Tourism industry has always seen a rapid growth. More jobs created every year (barring the dip due to COVID-19 pandemic).
- Chef jobs are one of the best paid in hospitality and across industries.
- Learning and up-skilling is a day to day thing.
- Greater use of technology is making the chef jobs more innovative and exciting.
- You can get an opportunity to showcase your skills by Vlogging and Blogging.
- Opens up opportunities to become Food entrepreneurs
and the list goes on and on.
- It is an extremely competitive field. It is not easy to become a senior ranked chef quickly.
- Working hours can be long and daunting (chefs at times work 18 hours a day during peak holiday season).
- No guaranteed weekends. When the world is relaxing or partying, Chefs are normally working and that too for long hours.
- It’s hot in there. By hot we don’t only mean temperature in the kitchen. At times the busy hours and temperature make the job extremely demanding.
- You are expected to carry out physically demanding work as well. Especially in the early years of you culinary career ladder.
The pay early on can also be low and you might need an extra pinch of motivation to ensure the love to cook amazing food is never overpowered by the cons.
For some the chef job is extremely exciting and glamorous and can be extremely rewarding. So many celebrity chefs and shows related to cookery are a testimony to the same. One of the most popular shows ever has been the Hell’s Kitchen (most aspiring chefs already know about this). For the unversed, here’s a video of some of the moments from the same.
So, we now leave you with the video of a few scenes from the show from popular celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
This is in no way an exact representation of culinary jobs and experience as a chef but this does give some idea. There have been over a dozen seasons to this show which speaks volume of its popularity.