Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts and Applied Nutrition
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Culinary Nutrition Overview

The hospitality industry is going through a fundamental change that has created exciting careers for a new kind of culinary professional. More and more, consumers are using nutrition as a basis for their buying decisions at everyday eateries such as restaurants and hotels. At the same time, those consumers are demanding more appealing meals from institutions such as hospitals, retirement communities, and schools. Simply put, healthy food is expected to taste great, and great tasting food is expected to be healthy.

Culinary Institute of Virginia’s Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts and Applied Nutrition can help you develop the specialized skills needed by employers across the hospitality and healthcare industries. While developing fundamental culinary skills through hands-on time in our professional kitchens, you will study the science behind culinary nutrition and dietary management. In 15 months, you can be prepared for a career in the emerging market of healthy hospitality!

Program Description

Students will merge classic culinary technique with nutrition science to develop the specialized knowledge necessary to serve health-conscious consumers. The Culinary Arts and Applied Nutrition curriculum includes a real world externship that allows students to apply learned skills and gain valuable experience.


These foundational courses cover basic skills and techniques used by professional chefs in any food service environment:

  • Mise en Place and Kitchen Organization
  • Cooking Methods and Principles
  • Baking and Pastry Fundamentals
  • Fabrication of Meat, Seafood, and Poultry
  • Plating and Presentation Techniques


Human nutrition is explored from the perspective of culinary arts. These courses focus on preservation of taste, flavor, and presentation when preparing healthful food:

  • Dietary Conditions and Therapies
  • Nutrition Analysis and Recipe Modification
  • Alternative Cooking and Baking Techniques
  • Menu Planning and Development
  • Ingredient Integrity and Sourcing


Throughout the program, students study management’s role in creating a safe, compliant, and efficient operation. Emphasis is placed on quality control measures that are crucial when serving specialized diets and /or high risk populations:

  • Kitchen Sanitation and Safety
  • Management of Patient Service and Etiquette
  • HACCP Planning and Production
  • Purchasing and Storeroom Management
Possible Career Track

Prepare yourself for a culinary career focused on nutrition, wellness, and dietary management. Work alongside chef instructors & nutrition professionals as you develop culinary skills through a modern, healthful approach.

Upon completion, graduates with an Associates of Applied Science in Culinary Arts and Applied Nutrition could possibly pursue a career in the following areas:

  • Healthcare Operations
  • Personal Chef Services
  • Resorts and Spas
  • Hotels & Restaurants
  • Catering and Event Services
  • Schools and Universities

Program Requirements

Core Requirements

42 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
BPA245Alternative Baking 2
CAA105Culinary Skills 2
CAA110Culinary Techniques 2
CAA115Kitchen Essentials 3
CAA120Culinary Fundamentals 2
CAA130Pantry Kitchen 2
CAA140Introduction to a La Carte 2
CAA150Baking and Pastry Fundamentals 2
CAA200Meat Selection and Utilization 2
CAA240International Cuisine 2
CAA255Procurement and Food Service Cost Control 3
CAA260Culinary Nutrition 3
CAA280Externship-CUL I-a 1
CAA285Externship-CUL I-b 1
NUT110Introduction to Dietary Management 3
NUT210Menu Development in Culinary Nutrition 3
NUT220Applied Concepts in Culinary Nutrition 2
NUT230Customer Service Management in Culinary Nutrition 3
NUT240Dietary Management Capstone 2

Arts and Sciences

15 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
COM115Principles of Communication 3
ENG110College Composition 3
HUM205Culture and Diversity: Exploring the Humanities 3
MTH120College Mathematics 3
PSY105Introduction to Psychology 3

Self Integration

3 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CAA100Essentials for Success3

The Culinary Arts and Applied Nutrition program is designed to educate and train culinarians to compete for employment in food service operations that specialize in nutrition-based menus and specialized diets. Graduates of the program are expected to:

  • Apply sound judgment and ethical practices in the professional food service environment.
  • Apply ServSafe standards to insure a safe and secure workplace.
  • Apply learned culinary technical and analytical skills.
  • Communicate effectively to various audiences.
  • Practice continuous improvement in culinary arts and dietetics.
  • Collaborate effectively with team members to achieve success.
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