Learn to prepare meals that keep customers coming back! All over the world, culinary professionals are behind the scenes preparing every meal we purchase. Culinary Institute of Virginia offers a year-round schedule, so you could earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts in as little as 15 months. Working alongside professional chef instructors in a hands-on environment, your course work will evolve from basic culinary techniques to advanced à la carte food preparation. From orientation to graduation, emphasis is placed on the business aspects of operating a profitable kitchen, better preparing you for leadership opportunities.
Modern culinary trends are taught in terms of classical cooking techniques to provide students with a strong foundation of skills desired by today’s employers. Students can apply and expand on their education during two “real-world” externships.
Culinary Skills & Techniques:
The foundation for any professional chef, these concepts lay the groundwork for basic skills and techniques that will be applied throughout a career in culinary arts.
Mise en Place & Kitchen Organization
Cooking Methods & Principles
Baking & Pastry Fundamentals
Fabrication of Meat, Seafood, and Poultry
Applied Culinary Nutrition & Healthy Cooking
Advanced Culinary Arts:
While reinforcing the fundamentals of cooking, advanced courses provide students with the opportunity to explore their creativity and individuality.
Plating & Presentation Techniques
International Ingredients, Methods, & Cuisines
Garde Manger & Culinary Artistry
Advanced Baking and Pastry Arts
Recipe and Menu Development
Culinary Operations Management:
These courses provide insight on the role of management in ensuring a safe and profitable business, both in and out of the kitchen.
Kitchen Sanitation & Safety
Purchasing & Storeroom Management
Supervision for Food Service
Dining Room & Service Management
Supervision for Food Service
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Possible Career Track
Upon completion, students with a Culinary Arts degree can seek employment in a variety of work settings including:
The objective of the Culinary Arts Degree program is to educate and train prospective culinarians with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to compete for employment in the culinary arts field. Students will be able to demonstrate the attributes of a good cook including stamina, dexterity, hand-eye coordination, timing, and the ability to work well with others. Students are taught restaurant management skills and proper ways to serve food to restaurant patrons. In order to manage the food preparation environment and collaborate with other food service professionals, each student is expected to develop their oral and written communication skills. Upon successful completion of this degree program, graduates are expected to:
Apply sound judgment and ethical practices in the culinary environment
Apply Serve-safe standards to insure a safe and secure food service outlet
Apply technical and analytical skills as they relate to food service
Communicate effectively to various audiences
Practice continuous improvement in the Culinary Arts
Collaborate effectively with team members to achieve success
The AAS Culinary Arts degree program at the Norfolk Campus of the Culinary Institute of Virginia of ECPI University is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF). ACFEF requires assessment outcomes data to be available for all accredited programs, which can be found by clicking here.
The new Culinary Institute of Virginia blended learning program pairs the best of online and in-seat course options to optimize hands-on instruction and flexibility of scheduling for students. Click the button below if you’d like to know more!