Chef training programs are typically offered by culinary arts academies, technical schools and career colleges, and may last anywhere from several months to two years or more. Programs are designed to prepare graduates to enter careers as chefs, cooks and head-chefs in culinary settings ranging from full-service restaurant and cafe kitchens, to hotel and other hospitality-industry kitchens. Students often pursue culinary specialties to seek more specialized positions.
Chef Training Environment
Students of culinary programs may learn in classroom settings as well as in kitchen environments, and usually a combination of both. In classroom settings they learn the theories behind cuisine, menu planning, nutrition and similar subjects, while in kitchen environments they learn and practice practical cooking skills.
Cooking Class Curriculum
Some of the theoretical and practical subjects taught in culinary school may include: