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Culinary

Bring your talent to the table.

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

Ai Teams Face Off in Emmi Roth Contest & Tour

On June 20, six Ai teams recreated their signature cheese dishes for a panel of judges in “America’s Dairyland.” Find out who shredded the competition!

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Program Areas

The Art Institutes Hospitality Management Degree

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.

Meet Our Faculty

  • Gaye Warren, Ed. D.

    Gaye Warren, Ed. D

    Hotel & Restaurant Management

    "Be persistent, be willing to embrace change, and be a team player."

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    Gaye Warren, Ed. D

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

    As far back as I can remember, I was cooking in the kitchen with my mom. I made my first pie with a lattice top at age six. For me, a commercial kitchen is like home. There’s nothing better then serving guests a wonderful meal.

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

    The hospitality industry is an environment of creative chaos where you learn by doing. Sharing my professional and work experience not only gives students a glimpse of what they can expect in the industry, it’s also their chance to learn from successes and failures.

    How would you describe your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    The best way to inspire students is to provide encouragement and supportive feedback, and be enthusiastic and passionate about the topic and the industry. The more personable and engaging you are as an instructor, the more students will ask questions, participate in the discussion, demonstrate a willingness to complete the assignments, and enjoy the course.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

    Students appreciate the opportunity to review their peers’ project work. The feedback they gain enhances the creative process and helps generate new ideas.

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

    Be persistent, be willing to embrace change, and be a team player.

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

    The hospitality industry can bring hard work, long hours, and crazy schedules. But it can also be incredibly rewarding and a ton of fun.

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  • Robert Kern

    Robert Kern

    Hotel & Restaurant Management

    "It's okay to make mistakes—as long as you try to learn from them."

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    Robert Kern

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

    When I went to college to study hotel and restaurant management after serving in the Army.

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

    I share stories from my own work experiences as they relate to the topics we cover in class.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    When students prepare financial reports or cost out recipes, they appreciate the individualized video feedback that shows them where they can improve. When they improve, they gain greater confidence in themselves.

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

    It’s okay to make mistakes—as long as you try to learn from them.

    Anything else you’d like to share?

    I enjoy teaching here, and I like seeing students succeed.

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