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Online Colleges for Culinary Arts

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Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  1. Offer at least one degree or certificate in that subject online
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2014-15

Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on six criteria, using the weights specified:

  1. In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 20%
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  3. Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  4. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded by the school in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 30%
  5.  Related subjects, based on the number of similar programs that the school offers at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%
  6. Variety of degree levels, based on the number of degree and certificate levels out of a possible nine that the school offers in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2014-15, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed January 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Sources

  1. Chefs and Head Cooks, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accessed September 2017, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/food-preparation-and-serving/chefs-and-head-cooks.htm#tab-4
  2. Summary Report for Chefs and Head Cooks, O*NET OnLine, Accessed September 2017, https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/35-1011.00#Skills
  3. What Does a Personal Chef Do? The Gilded Fork, Accessed September 2017, http://gildedfork.com/what-does-a-personal-chef-do/
  4. Culinary Arts and Food Service Management, JWU Online, Accessed September 2017, https://online.jwu.edu/academics/undergraduate/culinary-arts-and-food-service-management
  5. Chefs and Head Cooks, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accessed September 2017, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/food-preparation-and-serving/chefs-and-head-cooks.htm#tab-4
  6. Culinary Arts Associate Degree Program, Le Cordon Bleu, Accessed September 2017, http://www.chefs.edu/programs/le-cordon-bleu-culinary-arts-program/associate-degree-in-le-cordon-bleu-culinary-arts
  7. Culinary Arts Diploma/Certificate, Virginia College, Accessed September 2017, https://www.vc.edu/diplomas-certificates/culinary-arts/
  8. Summary Report for Chefs and Head Cooks, O*NET OnLine, Accessed September 2017, https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/35-1011.00#Skills
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The popularity of the Food Network and of numerous cooking channels on YouTube attest to the fact that culinary professionals can develop exciting careers. However, in order to become a culinary professional, you must understand something very well: not just food, but the cooking process itself. There is a world of difference between following the recipe on the back of a carton and putting together your own concoction of ingredients and spices, as anyone with the soul of a true chef is intimately aware. Learning the ways flavors influence one another; the difference oven temperature makes to a dish; and how to salvage a meal that has gone disastrously wrong are all crucial in cooking, and they are also all aspects that can be learned through an online education in the culinary arts.

Best Online Colleges for Culinary Arts in 2018

It is rare to find a school that offers online degree programs in culinary arts. However, the two institutes featured here are two schools that do in fact offer such programs, ranging from one-year certificates to bachelor's degrees. Students can use this list to help find an accredited online culinary arts college where they can begin or advance their career options in the food service industry. We hope you will enjoy perusing the highlights of our list of featured online colleges for culinary arts.

1

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$17,016
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
100.00%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22
School Type
4-year

This online college features three online culinary programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel and restaurant management
  • Certificate in event management
  • Certificate in food and beverage operations

The B.S. program requires 180 quarter credit hours to complete, while both certificate programs require 39 quarter credit hours.Areas of study cover a wide range of topics, such as culinary techniques, hospitality marketing, foodservice technology, world cuisines, nutrition, and purchasing and controlling costs.

All students enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh's online division are able to receive support from a three-person online graduation team that is available to help students from enrollment day to graduation. Students are also eligible to receive guidance from academic and finance counselors.

Accreditation:

  • Middle State Commission on Higher Education; Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary

Location:

1400 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, Penn. 15222
Federation Education Foundation
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New England Culinary Institute

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
3
School Type
4-year

This prestigious culinary institute in Vermont offers nine educational programs in culinary arts, including six completely online culinary arts degree programs:

  • Associate of Occupational Studies in food and beverage management
  • Associate of Occupational Studies in culinary arts
  • Associate of Occupational Studies in baking and pastry arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in food and beverage business management
  • Bachelor of Arts in culinary arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in baking and pastry arts

The associate-level programs require 16 months and 60 credits to complete, while the bachelor's degree programs require 36 months and 120 credits to finish. Students interested in enrolling in the bachelor's degree programs must have completed at least 60 college credits at an approved postsecondary institution.

Accreditation:

  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

Location:

56 College St. Montpelier, Vt. 05602

Degree Overview: Culinary Arts

A career in the culinary arts field requires talent, but also knowledge of the kitchen. After all, it can be tough to whip up an excellent dish without some understanding of how to put it all together: what spices will lend the best flavor? What degree of heat produces the perfect sear? What cooking method will preserve the dish's best texture? The "banquet" of courses that make up various online programs for culinary arts can help students to develop necessary skills for success in their careers.

Online Culinary Arts Courses

Many educational programs in the culinary arts are based at the undergraduate level. Students can usually find diplomas, certificates, associate degrees and bachelor's degree programs with ease. Four-year programs are the most likely to be available online, often as part of a completion program. The following are examples of courses that are commonly included across these many different culinary arts programs.

  • Culinary Fundamentals: Various culinary theories and techniques will likely be explored, and students could become engaged in tasting, soup preparation, timing, development of knife skills and more. Students also may learn about protein, starches and vegetable preparation.
  • Nutrition: This is a particularly important component of a culinary arts education, helping students to develop knowledge about nutritional principles, food labeling and nutritional analysis of recipes. Students may be challenged with assignments such as creating a meal or menu based on nutritional concepts in a course like this.
  • Culinary math: Believe it or not, there is plenty of math that has to be done in the kitchen. Students would be well served to take this class, where the curriculum may cover units of measurement and conversions, as well as recipe scaling, yield tests and ratios. Analyzing costs and developing projections could also be part of a culinary math class.
  • Food Service and Hospitality Strategic Marketing: A class like this is more likely to be part of a two- or four-year program, such as online bachelors degree programs in culinary arts, rather than a certificate program. Typically, it introduces concepts such as budgeting, marketing research and marketing plans. Students may be asked to do case studies and to explore current issues in culinary and restaurant marketing.

Career-Related Skills to Develop

Online programs for culinary arts can help students to develop skills important to a career, even if you'll likely be practicing these skills in your home kitchen rather than a school classroom! Examples of relevant skill sets are listed below.

  • Taste and smell: It goes without saying that taste and smell are important in the kitchen. Food must not only be flavored well, but emit an aroma that makes a dish desirable to eat. It is very possible to become an outstanding chef without these senses, but taste and smell provide important evidence for the progress and quality of a dish that most chefs make great use of. People may already possess these skills, but they may be able to develop them further in a culinary arts program as they learn more about different styles and sciences of cooking.
  • Dexterity: No one wants to be sampling their chef's fingertip in their soup! Being able to handle the repetitive motions of cooking, both simple and complex, with dexterity and care is vital. Natural dexterity is a blessing, but maneuvers such as chopping, whisking and blending can all be developed through culinary arts programs with practice and patience.
  • Time management: It can only take a matter of seconds for a dish to become overcooked or even to catch fire, and when you're trying to handle multiple meal courses at the same time, it's very easy to lose track of those crucial seconds by mistake. Culinary arts experts must be able to plan out how much time they will need to prepare their ingredients, put them together and bring them all out as one comprehensive meal for their consumers.
  • Social awareness: Anyone who's worked with food before probably knows it does not take much for the pressure to rise in the kitchen, particularly with so many people working at so many different tasks: manning the grill, putting together salads, handling side dishes, washing the silverware. Social awareness of the personalities and people at work in the kitchen -- and out front -- can help things to stay calm instead of becoming piping hot.

Culinary Arts Career Outlook

Once a chef's education is complete, it is time to get into the kitchen, but exactly what kitchen that is and who they work for is where the excitement begins. The possibilities are diverse when talent, drive and ambition are at hand. In this section, two related but different careers in the culinary arts field are described.

Executive Chefs
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$47,390
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
20,300
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
9.6
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
High school diploma or equivalent
Executive chefs are involved in more than solely one thing in the kitchen. Think of them as the big boss in 'la cuisine.' They are the people planning the menu and deciding on seasonal selections as well as testing new recipes for addition. Their palate must be exquisite and their knowledge of cuisine extensive. They may decide on the hiring in their kitchen and inspect areas for cleanliness. They know what's needed as far as sanitation and safety and ensure that food and supplies are ordered as needed. Many of the skills required for executive chef careers can be learned through an education, an apprenticeship, experience in the kitchen and time on the job.
Personal Chefs
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$42,220
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
3,700
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
5.7
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Postsecondary nondegree award
Personal chefs use their passion to create meals for families, teams or individuals, often traveling to a home or other site to prepare and cook. Some personal chefs may live-in at homes, while others may stop by in the afternoon or several times a week. Organization is important because personal chefs typically plan out meals and menus in advance, even more so if they have extensive clientele. They grocery shop, utilize a budget and then prep at a home. Depending on the arrangement, they may prepare meals fresh or leave instructions for re-heating. The life of a personal chef is busy, but personal chef careers provide the opportunity to work in more than just one kitchen, and to tailor one's menus and options around the same repeat customers rather than generalizing one's recipe selections to reach a broad audience.
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