Branford Hall’s Culinary Arts Training Program

Become a cooking professional in a year!

Do you like a career that requires a blend of technical skills and creative opportunities? Branford Hall Career Institute offers a culinary arts training program that can help you develop the skills you need to become a culinary arts professional. The culinary arts is a popular career path for people who like working with food and flavors to create dishes. The active atmosphere allows professionals to be a part of a culinary team.

If you’re considering going to culinary arts school, let’s find out more about Branford Hall’s training program and course offerings so you can see if it’s the right career option for you.

What do I do as a culinary arts professional?

Culinary arts professionals is a broad term that includes restaurant cooks, assistant cook, fast-food cooks, short order cooks, institutional and cafeteria cooks, and personal chefs. They handle, prepare, cook, season, and arrange meals to fit the description of a pre-planned menu or a customer or clients’ dietary needs. They usually work under the supervision of a head chef or food service manager at assigned food stations where they will be in charge of cooking, grilling, or preparing ingredients for plating. You may work with a variety of ingredients at different stations. Depending on your job you may be chopping vegetables, preparing meats, baking desserts, or working at the grill. You may also boil and steam fish and vegetables or arrange and garnishes plates to serve. Your job will require you to manage and ensure the freshness and integrity of food and ingredients and maintain clean work areas, equipment, and kitchenware. The goal is to prepare sanitary, tasteful food, and aesthetically pleasing dishes to customers each day.

What courses do I need to take?

If you focus on your coursework and pay attention in class, you could succeed in a culinary arts training program. If you maintain good attendance, complete homework on time, and study for tests, then you could complete this program in about one year. Here are some of the sample courses you are required to take at Branford Hall to complete culinary training:

Essentials of the Professional Kitchen: Students will start off their training program by learning the fundamentals of cooking. Various menu samples and standardized recipes are discussed. Some of the topics will include how to identify herbs and spices, hot to plate properly, and how to cost out recipes.Students will be introduced to numerous cooking techniques during this course.

Bakeshop: As a culinary arts professional, you’ll need to know the principles of baking. Lessons revolve around the composition of various flours, gluten development, and aging and bleaching processes. In this course, students can get hands-on experience making yeast breads, quick breads, muffins, pies, and applying sweeteners, sugars, thickeners, gelatins, and other bakeshop necessities.

Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Herbs & Spices: An overview of different vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, and spices offered in this course. Highlights include how plants grow and how to assess nutritional value in plants. Plant products are used in a wide variety of recipes in this course.

Food Safety & Sanitation: This course introduces students to causes of foodborne illnesses and ways to prevent them. Safety rules and regulations are discussed. Students will also focus on learning how to keep food safe while managing food operations.

Restaurant Marketing: In this course, students may learn the importance of effective marketing and branding. Students will learn how to create a marketing plan, how to set menu prices, and how to evaluate customers’ purchasing decisions. Students also learn about sales and promotions, public relations, and advertising.

Restaurant Management: Topics such as leadership dynamics, planning processes, effective communication, employee and team development, and daily operations management are reviewed. Discussions on effective management, work schedules, and labor costs are featured.

Culinary Externship: In nearby externships, students get to experience real-world settings where they can help prepare food and discover the workings of a restaurant under the guidance of a supervisor.

At Branford Hall, our Culinary Arts training program also includes classes on international cuisines, healthy eating, nutrition, and culinary career development, among other technical instruction.

Does this training program sound fun and exciting to you? Take the time to explore the professional field and what our career training program has to offer. The Occupational Outlook Handbook, a publication of the U.S. Department of Labor, also offers a detailed description of culinary professions so you can get a good idea of where to start.

If you’re curious about applying to our culinary training program, contact us at any time for more information or schedule a tour at our Springfield, MA technical campus. Learn about our other career training programs here!