Culinary

Culinary

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Bring your talent to the table.

If you want to enrich the world with your talent for creating amazing cuisine—or ambiance—start by experiencing everything from kitchen skills to international flavors.

Program Areas

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Baking & Pastry

Use your talent and passion to turn desserts into works of art. You’ll explore everything from plating to preparing confections to managing a commercial kitchen.

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Culinary Arts

Rachel Shelton

Digital Photography , 2013

The Art Institute of Colorado

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Starting with fundamentals like kitchen tools and culinary techniques, you’ll explore more than 20 of the most popular international flavors and techniques.

Culinary Management Program

Culinary Management

Prepare to run both the kitchen and the front of the house, using your passion for food and your head for business to create a memorable dining experience.

Hospitality Food and Beverage

Hospitality Food & Beverage Management

You can learn your way around both the front and back of the house while you prepare for the challenge of bringing something new to the table for demanding consumers.

Ai students welcomed at The James Beard House

Six culinary students from The Art Institutes system of schools assisted in the preparation of Thanksgiving Day dinner at New York City’s prestigious James Beard House. Learn more about how they earned this opportunity and what they hope to have learned from their five days of immersion in the Big Apple’s culinary scene.

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Meet Our Faculty

  • Edward Popovitz

    Graphic & Web Design

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    Edward Popovitz

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    When I was young, I painted the sign for my mom's beauty shop. Everyone loved it. I did not know who, what, where, or why, but I did know that I wanted to work in art. From photography for ads to designing menu boards to creating layouts for magazines, I realized that art and design were a way life.

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

    My work in the design community puts me in touch with many resources so I make it a point to bring real-world projects into the classroom. I provide experiential opportunities for my students. We visit professional studios and I bring in guest speakers to enrich the classroom experience.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    My pre-press and production project invites students to create books that are a personal statement about something significant in their lives. I like this project because it involves both digital and handmade craftsmanship. Students are challenged to practice everything they have learned—from designing a layout to sourcing materials to measuring, cutting, and assembly.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

    I create opportunities for students to work together. Group projects, critiques, and teamwork build relationships and help bridge programs.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

    Look around and be amazed. We all spend too much time on our devices. Engaging with people, visiting places, and looking for new experiences will inform your design choices more than any software or any class.

    What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

    Get involved in a professional organization. Every discipline has a one, and that's the place to make connections.

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  • Shannon Hayashi, CEC, M.Ed.

    Culinary Arts

    Dedication and integrity are two valuable ingredients for success.

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    Shannon Hayashi, CEC, M.Ed.

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    One’s destiny is determined by the first breath one takes. As a child, teenager, and young adult, I was always an educator, mentor, and coach, in and out of the classroom, never knowing that would be my destiny. Cooking never crossed my mind, but when I entered the restaurant field I knew that I had a gift for cooking. I never looked back from that moment.

    In your opinion, what makes a great chef?


    I feel that a great chef does not necessarily make a great educator. It takes compassion, dedication, sincerity, and, above all, continual research and professional development to instill greatness and success in the student.

    How would you describe your approach to teaching and mentoring?


    Here are a few thoughts I pass along to my students that I feel have contributed to their growth and success: Be accountable for your education. Learn once, and learn forever. Immerse yourself as you would to learn a foreign language and respect your profession.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?


    Dedication and integrity are two valuable ingredients for success.

    What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

    First, be curious, and discover on your own. Second, think of ideas that can help improve the way we live together. And lastly, decide what will be your contribution to your community.

    Anything else you’d like to share?

    The opportunity to be able to influence the careers of students is an honor that an educator should never take for granted.

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  • Steven Pierce

    Game Art & Design

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    Steven Pierce

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    Even as a child I could draw, paint and take photographs. As a college biology major, I signed up for a non-art major sculpture class. My teacher saw something in my artwork and became a mentor as I worked toward a double degree in art and horticulture.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    I believe that when students work in teams to create successful level designs, they build confidence and self-esteem. The game development process is not easy. But when new team members work with more experienced students, they quickly learn what works and what does not work. Success breeds confidence. When students share in the design process, they each feel more engaged. They are empowered to take creative chances, which puts them on the path to innovation. Expanding creative innovation is something that is needed in business today. I see this play out in the projects I assign in my classes: Level Design and Game Prototyping, as well as in Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?


    Video game development is the art of the 21st century. From 2D and 3D design to story, audio, and animation to programming, creating interactive experiences is demanding, and students need support from other disciplines. Cross-program collaboration generates excitement and creates connections that can help build professional networks after graduation.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

    Be persistent. Work and work, then keep working and learning. Learning is a lifelong endeavor.

    What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

    Tough artistic problems demand varied solutions. Be persistent and follow through with quality and professional courtesy.

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