Culinary Management Schools and Degrees

Culinary management involves supervising all operations in a food service establishment. Get information on degrees in culinary management, learn about the required courses and see what you should look for when choosing a school. Schools offering Hotel & Restaurant Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Training in culinary management provides you with a basic understanding of both business and food service. There are many degree programs available, but the program lengths, coursework, inclusion of hands-on experience and specific accreditation can help you decide between them.

Schools Four-year schools, two-year schools, culinary institutes
Degrees Associate's and bachelor's degrees
Courses General restaurant management, human resources, cost control, food safety and sanitation, food preparation, alcohol control laws

What Associate's Degrees Could I Earn?

You could earn an Associate of Science in Culinary Management. These two-year programs are often conducted in a kitchen facility where students can gain hands-on experience. Students will learn about recipes, food quality and menu planning. An internship might be required. These courses are also typically included:

  • Food service sanitation
  • Food and beverage
  • Nutrition
  • Catering and banquet management
  • International and regional foods

What Bachelor's Degrees are Available?

If you choose a bachelor's degree program, you could earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in Food Business Management or a Bachelor of Science in Food Service Management, among other options. Courses in these four-year programs might cover areas like food marketing, hospitality management and the development of business plans in the food industry. The curriculum might also include advanced concepts in business, liberal arts requirements and pastry arts. Some online bachelor's degree programs are available in this field, though online programs may require applicants to already hold an associate's degree in culinary arts. This type of online program takes two years to complete.

What Courses Can I Take in a Culinary Management Program?

You'll probably begin with an introductory course that familiarizes you with restaurant management and with the food, beverage and hospitality industry in general. You might take business courses such as principles of management, ethics, human resources management, cost control, purchasing, and restaurant legal issues. You'll also learn about aspects of the foodservice industry, such as the following:

  • Food preparation
  • The roles of cooks and wait staff
  • Baking and pastry techniques
  • Dining room supervision
  • Bar supervision

How Can I Choose a School?

Associate's and bachelor's degree programs are available at four-year colleges and culinary schools. If you're not sure which program level you want to pursue yet, keep in mind that you can often apply your associate's degree credits to a four-year degree. You may want to check whether a program holds accreditation or approval from an industry organization, such as the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation or the Research Chefs Association. Internships, externships, practical examinations and other hands-on experiences are an important way to learn culinary management, so if you choose an online program, look for one that incorporates hands-on learning experiences. The following are a few examples of schools that offer culinary management degrees:

  • Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Johnson and Wales University (multiple locations)
  • Valencia College (Orlando, FL)
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Culinary Institute of Virginia (Norfolk/Virginia Beach)

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