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Food is often considered to be the way to a person's heart. One of the major fields concerning this trade is Culinary Arts or the art of cooking. Culinary Arts courses train aspirants on preparing, cooking, and presenting food or meals attractively and effectively so as to ensure a high standard of customer satisfaction. Students pursuing the course get the chance to learn about contemporary and classic culinary techniques and cooking methods.

Usually, a course in Culinary Arts is a culmination of learning through theory and hands-on practical work. Students will learn about the various cuisines, their origins, and the stories behind the dishes, as well as learn how to prepare them. A career in Culinary Arts entails working in a team-oriented environment; therefore the degrees include managerial courses to help students become leaders who use their culinary skills as well as effective communication skills to succeed in the field.


Study Levels

The different study levels that are offered in this sub-discipline are:
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Culinary Arts
Bachelor in Hotel Management (BHM) Culinary Arts
Bachelor of Catering Technology and Culinary Arts
Bachelor of Vocational Studies (BVoc) in Culinary Operations
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Culinary Arts
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Culinary Arts
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Culinary Arts with Specialization in Bakery & Pastry Art Management
Undergraduate Diploma (UGDip) in Food and Beverage Service
Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Dietetics and Hospital Food Service
Post Graduate in Culinary Arts
Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Bakery and Confectionery
Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Bakery Science and Technology
Diploma in Bakery and Confectionery
Diploma in Food Production
Master in Food Design
Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Cognac, Spirits and Wine Management
Master in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Culinary Management
Master in Culinary Arts and Kitchen Management
International Masters in Food and Cook Design
Master in Nutrition and Culinary Arts


The specialisations that are offered in Culinary Arts include:
Food Production
Bakery and Patisserie
Hygiene Sanitation and Food Nutrition
Food Service Operations
Business Communication

Throwing Caps

Hotel Accountancy
Principles of Management
Marketing Management
Bartending / Mixology

Line Cook
Sous Chef
Head Cook/ Chef
Restaurant and Hotel Management
Hospitality Law



The field of Culinary Arts offers a wide scope of career opportunities in this day and age. With the idea of vacations and getaways being highly sensationalised, there is a big market for job opportunities in the field of Culinary Arts. The skill set required for this line of work is attention to detail, creativity, responsibility, multitasking ability, discipline, good decision-making skills, a polite demeanour, and most importantly, dedication. If you are passionate about expressing yourself through food and watching the emotions you feel while cooking come through as your customers enjoy their meals, then this is the course for you.


    The various career options available for students of Culinary Arts are:
    Specialty Chefs
    Specialty Bakers
    Pastry Professionals
    Concept Developer
    Food Blogger
    Chef Manager
    Food Entrepreneur
    Kitchen Designer
    Chef (including varying levels of qualification of skill)
    Executive Chef
    Food Service Manager
    Food scientist
    Quality Assurance Specialist/Food quality assurance manage
    Food Service Manager/ Restaurant Manager


    The top companies that offer recruitment for roles in Culinary Arts are:
    Mondelez International
    Land 'O Lakes, Inc
    J. R. Simplot Company
    Skyline Chili
    Conagra Brands
    Leprino Foods
    Schreiber Foods
    Sandridge Food Corporation
    Perdue Farms
    McCormick and Company
    Tyson Foods Incorporated
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