CulinaryArts

I'm ready to take on the world.

For you, food isn’t just what you eat. It’s somewhere between how you express your creativity and who you are as a person. And at a time when culinary tastes are evolving and cultural barriers are disappearing, the industry needs people like you. In our Culinary Arts degree programs, you’ll be immersed in an environment that’s as close to the real world as it gets. Working in a modern, professional kitchen, you can hone your cooking skills as you focus on learning to deliver the popular international flavors and techniques today’s consumers—and employers—want and expect. You’ll be surrounded and inspired by other talented, creatively driven students. And you’ll be pushed, challenged, and, above all else, supported by experienced faculty*. It’ll take everything you’ve got. But it can lead to a career where you do what you love.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

Degrees Offered

Associate of Arts in Culinary Arts

Quarter Credit Hours:
90
Timeframe:
6 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes

Associate of Arts in Culinary Arts

Outcomes
See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/116 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Diploma in Culinary Arts

Quarter Credit Hours:
56
Timeframe:
4 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes

Diploma in Culinary Arts

Outcomes
See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/3213 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Meet our Alumni

  • The Art Institute of Tennessee - Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta alumni Ashley Hackett

    Ashley Hackett

    Graphic & Web Design , 2013

    "[My education] gave me the knowledge of graphic design and the story of printing to do what I do on a daily basis. The instructors were extremely helpful and always did what they could to grow and be a better professional."

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    Ashley Hackett
    Ashley Hackett is working as a dreamcatcher for Lithographics, Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee. She’s responsible for print sales and marketing—and spends much of her time networking. “Customer service plays a big part of my day, and at the end of the day it’s [all about] how I can help my customers get what they need.” Ashley moved into her current position quickly after starting in Lithographics’ mentoring program. Today, she says that she loves working with designers and customers to bring their designs to life. “Printing is a forever changing medium and I get to watch it evolve along with the different designed pieces that come through the doors.”

    Ashley finds creative inspiration in different printing techniques and by following print work. “My heros would have to be Heather Lose and Kenneth Hackett. Heather has always been an idol to me. Kenneth has always pushed me to follow my dreams.” She recommends that current students get hands on in their learning of the craft. “Spend a day with a pressman to see how much they put into the work that is being printed. It’s truly a fascinating process from start to finish. Experience a web press up-close start to finish.” She adds that it’s important to value the power on networking. “You never know who you will come across in your profession that could open doors for you. Study other peoples printed pieces and figure out what methods they took to achieve it. Brush up knowledge of paper. Paper knowledge goes a lot farther than you would think.”

    Ashley, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Tennessee—Nashville, says that her graphic design program got her involved in the design community through networking. “[It also] gave me the knowledge of graphic design and the study of printing to do what I do on a daily basis. The instructors were extremely helpful and always did what they could to grow and be a better professional.”

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  • The Art Institute of Tennessee - Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta alumni Jonathan Humphrey

    Jonathan Humphrey

    Culinary Arts , 2011

    "Having this [culinary] foundation has allowed me to get the right opportunities so I can continue to grow as a chef."

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    Jonathan Humphrey
    Jonathan Humphrey is a sous chef at Mason’s at Lowes Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, responsible for assisting the executive chef in the daily operations of the restaurant. Jonathan maintains the kitchen inventory, oversees organization and cleanliness, and helps to set up and work the line. After working the line at lunchtime, he finishes prep for the evening dinner service.

    He’s also a two-time winner of the “Savor Nashville People’s Choice Award.” “The competition features 10 of the best chefs in town and some pretty sophisticated palettes, so it’s a big honor to win,” he says. Jonathan adds that he finds inspiration from competing with other chefs and learning from their culinary histories. “It’s good for young chefs like me to learn from more experienced chefs.” He counts Grant Achatz of Alinea in Chicago as a hero. Chef Achatz battled and beat stage four tongue cancer. “Every chef knows how the tongue is one of the most important tools you have as a chef, but he remained committed to excellence and was able to overcome it.”

    Jonathan, who in 2011 earned Culinary Skills Diploma from The Art Institute of Tennessee—Nashville, says that his education helped him to build a solid foundation of the fundamental techniques for cooking. He adds that it helped him learn to carry himself like a professional chef. “Having this foundation has allowed me to get the right opportunities so I can continue to grow as a chef."


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Classroom Experience


If it was easy, I wouldn't be interested.

As global cuisines become more and more prevalent, the culinary world becomes more and more competitive, fueled largely by the growing need to provide those global cuisines to demanding and discerning consumers. That’s where our program meets your future. Starting with fundamentals like knife skills, using kitchen tools, and developing culinary techniques, we’ll guide you through everything from basic cuts to managing a menu to working as part of a team. Each course builds on what you’ve had the opportunity to learn—and that curriculum includes more than 20 popular international cuisines, including Latin, Asian, and American Regional. See our gainful employment pages for possible careers that match the program that interests you.

What Will I Study?

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This is my passion. This is my time.

There’s nothing easy about our Culinary Arts curriculum, which will immerse you in both traditional and emerging flavors from every corner of the world. You’ll cover a range of cuisines from Mexican to Middle Eastern as you study:

  • Culinary Techniques
  • Classical Techniques
  • Sanitation & Safety
  • Baking and Pastry Techniques
  • Management by Menu
  • Nutrition
  • Garde Manger
  • Foodservice Technology
  • Food & Beverage Operations Management
  • Planning & Controlling Costs
  • World Cuisine
  • American Regional Cuisine
  • Asian Cuisine
  • Latin Cuisine
  • A la carte Kitchen
  • Art Culinaire


I'm looking for my proving ground.

At The Art Institutes system of schools, creativity is our core, our calling, our culture. Our Culinary Arts degree programs are built on that creative foundation. It’s also built on our knowledge that a creative career is not for the faint of heart. Because it’s tough out there, it’s tough in here. But along with that toughness comes all the support you’ll need at every step along the way. That’s why we provide the mentoring and real-world experience to help you prevail, with faculty* who’ve worked in the field, along with opportunities to learn that go far beyond our kitchens. You’ll be encouraged and expected to be bold. To take risks. To push yourself and the people around you. It won’t be easy. In fact, it’ll be the hardest thing you’ll ever love.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.