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Culinary Management

Restaurant & Catering Management Associate of Applied Science

The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University can help you prepare for it.

Program Overview

In the Restaurant & Catering Management program, you'll gain knowledge that will benefit you as you pursue management positions within the food service industry. Coursework focuses on communications, training, leadership, management, human resources, technology, accounting, marketing, financial management, and customer relations. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment such as restaurant manager or catering manager in restaurants, hospitals, cruise ships, and banquet facilities.
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News and events

The Art Institute of Michigan Teams Up with the Rachael Ray Show to Provide Cooking Lessons The Art Institute of Michigan Teams Up with the Rachael Ray Show to Provide Cooking Lessons

The Art Institute of Michigan is teaming up with the Rachael Ray Show to provide cooking lessons to the students enrolled at Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. During filming of the Rachael Ray Show’s Thanksgiving episode, on Monday, November 16, Ray unveiled a completely renovated kitchen for the students, complete with new appliances and a study space. To help Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program get the most out of this new kitchen, The Art Institute of Michigan is going to provide four lessons/demos on healthy eating and nutrition at the gym throughout the next year. 

Three culinary instructors from The Art Institute of Michigan appeared on the show to announce the gift of the cooking lessons, and the episode will air Wednesday, November 25. In the Detroit area, please tune into WDIV-TV at 2pm. For additional times and channels, visit

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Read more about the filming on Detroit Free Press:

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Program Description

Students have the opportunity to learn skills in management, marketing, human resources, accounting, and financial management. They can also become savvy in business communications, beverage management, legal issues, customer service, and global management and operations as they relate to the food industry. Developing managerial and leadership skills are important factors for students graduating in the program. The Restaurant & Catering Management program culminates with a Capstone project. This project consists of a complete business plan to open a restaurant that seats at least 100 guests, and two complete catered event plans.

Program Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates should be able to:
• Describe and perform business and operational tasks related to the culinary industry such as food and beverage purchasing, cost control, quality control, staff management, and marketing
• Demonstrate proficiency with accounting and financial management needs of the culinary industry
• Develop strong leadership and managerial skills
• Demonstrate a variety of cooking techniques that meet industry standards
• Analyze and plan for various dining room service needs including the execution of a food buffet
• Complete a business plan for a 100 seat restaurant and two catered events
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Students need to meet all requirements. The Art Grant is not offered at all Art Institute schools and the grant amounts vary by location; check with the school you’re considering attending for exceptions and details.

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