Get a Taste for Culinary Arts School!

Consider a challenging, gratifying career in the food industry.

Have you always enjoyed cooking? Do you find yourself at your most creative in the kitchen? If so, consider a career as a culinary arts professional. Branford Hall Career Institute offers a culinary arts training program to prepare you for an exciting culinary arts career that blends technical skills with creative and inventive characteristics.

There are many reasons to go to culinary arts school. A culinary arts program trains professionals in the various cuisines of different cultures, but also how to manage a restaurant business. Before you apply to a culinary arts training program like the one at Branford Hall, try to get an overview of a culinary artists’ tasks and responsibilities:

What do culinary arts professionals do?

They can have a number of different responsibilities. Some roles offer more independence, while others provide chances for creativity. Cooks handle food: They prepare, season, and bake, and season food for a wide variety of meals. With the supervision of head chefs, head cooks, and food service managers, they prepare meals from appetizers through desserts.

Cooks help the head chef prepare the daily menu, and a fast food chef cooks a set menu each day. A restaurant cook stays on top of ordering supplies and adjusting prices. A personal chef hand-crafts menus according to what a client wants, in terms personal taste as well as health requirements.

Are all culinary arts job in restaurants?

Most culinary arts professionals work in kitchens—usually in a restaurant, but also in hotels, cafeterias, fast-food chains, or private households. (The Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates that 52% of the culinary arts work force works in restaurants or other eating places, whereas 1 in 20 chefs and head cooks are self-employed.)

What kind of entry-level jobs can I get in the culinary arts?

With an education in the culinary arts, you could work as a prep cook (preparing ingredients for other chefs), as a line cook (working “on the line”) in a kitchen, or a pastry assistant (helping a pastry chef). Over time, you could take on positions with more responsibility, like a junior sous chef, a short order cook, or a pastry chef.

What do experienced chefs do?

Head chefs and cooks plan the menu, oversee the preparation of food, and directly supervise their staff. They:

  • create entire menus as well as the individual dishes
  • inspect food and other ingredients for quality and freshness
  • weigh, measure, and mix all ingredients
  • prepare meats, fish, and vegetables and cook them on the grill, stove, or oven
  • make sure work stations are safe and properly sanitized
  • store food in the correct containers, at the proper temperatures, in appropriate climate-controlled areas (walk-in coolers, freezers, etc.)
  • oversee how the food is served

What technical skills do you need in the culinary arts?

Cooks work with many pieces of kitchen utility equipment such as grinders, grills, and blenders. If you work in a certain station or specialty, you may work with specific tools.

What are the hours like in the industry?

The hours for a chef or culinary professional depend on the setting where you work. Working in a cafeteria usually leads to a schedule that is more traditional. A school cafeteria may even allow time off during the summers. Working at a resort can require you work only seasonally. In other parts of the industry, a job might demand that you to work early mornings, evenings, weekends, or holidays.

What is required in Branford Hall’s Culinary Arts Training Program?

Students at the culinary arts training program at our Springfield, MA campus will participate in 600 lecture hours and 600 lab hours. Some sample culinary arts courses are:

  • Knife Skills and Kitchen Equipment
  • International Cuisines: Europe and Africa
  • Stock, Soups & Sauces
  • Food Safety & Sanitation
  • Restaurant Management

The program also requires students as well as take part in a 360 hour local externship to gain experience in the culinary fields.

Take advantage of the opportunity to develop your creative culinary skills. Contact us today for more information on our culinary arts training program. You could soon be on your way to a new career!