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Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts Associate of Science

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Program Overview

In the Culinary Arts program, you’ll gain practical experience in the kitchen while studying the business of cost control, sanitation and safety, menu and beverage management, nutrition, and kitchen management. You’ll learn to produce food quickly and in quantity while working with others. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment such as line cook and pantry cook (garde manger).
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News and events

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Culinary Student One Step Closer to ‘Almost Famous’ The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Culinary Student One Step Closer to ‘Almost Famous’

(PITTSBURGH, PA January 2016) – The Art Institute of Pittsburgh student Vince Brady (Associate of Science in Culinary Arts degree program) is headed to the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition finals.

Brady secured a spot after outcooking seven other culinary students at the recent central regional contest in Chicago. His winning dish was Crispy Skinned Duck Breast and Braised Duck Ravioli with Sautéed Winter Root Vegetable and Beet Silk.

The finals will take place March 11-14 in Napa Valley. The winner of the three-day competition will get a one-year apprenticeship “under a reputable chef,” according to competition organizers.

Brady was mentored by Ai Pittsburgh Chef Joe Bello, who noted the student’s “creative spark.” “Vince had some great competition with fellow young chefs, but he remained calm and professional through it all,” Bello said. “He was a hard worker dedicated to perfection and spent countless hours detailing his plate. Working with Vince was fantastic. His energetic creativity was a pleasure to coach.”

Brady was featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You can read the article and get his recipe here.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.  © 2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/35 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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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 http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/show-info/showtimes/.

For more information on Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, visit http://downtownyouthboxing.org/

Read more about the filming on Detroit Free Press:  http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/11/16/rachel-ray-laila-ali-downtown-detroit-boxing-gym/75905200/

The Art Institute of Michigan is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Michigan, 28175 Cabot Drive, Novi, MI 48377. © 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Students Compete in ACF Competition The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Students Compete in ACF Competition

(Pittsburgh, October 2015)  On October 26, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh hosted a meeting of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and held a student competition.  The competition, “Anything Goes,” asked entrants to prepare a vegan entrée. Two students at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh entered and placed.

Vincent Brady, a student in the Associate of Science in Culinary Arts degree program placed first with his cauliflower steak, and Cora Groom, a student in the Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management degree program took third place ribbon for her Vegan Curry with Fall Vegetables. 

For more information on the meeting, visit: https://www.acfchefs.org/ACF/Membership/Join/ACFI_Join/ACF/Membership/Join/ACFI_JOIN.aspx?ChapterChoice=PA061 

Below is a link to the ACF Facebook page which has photos from the event.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.962633417129436.1073741835.670478323011615&type=3


The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA  15219-1301© 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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Culinary Faculty Weigh In On Local Restaurant Challenges Culinary Faculty Weigh In On Local Restaurant Challenges

(Pittsburgh, September 2015)  Chef Art Inzinga and Department Chair, Chef Shawn Culp from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh were interviewed regarding the rapid restaurant growth in the Pittsburgh region and the staffing challenges many establishments are facing. 

They were featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Below is the link to the article: Competition, rapid restaurant growth causing shortage in Pittsburgh kitchens.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA  15219-1301© 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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Program Description

The Culinary Arts degree program at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is designed for students who are passionate about their careers, who love to cook and need a well-rounded education, and who understand the rigors and the rewards of this ever-growing industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects continued growth in job openings for culinary graduates. Consumer expectations continue to rise causing the industry to demand a higher level of graduate skill than ever before.

At The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, students first learn the fundamentals, including knife and hand skills. They delve into specialty areas like baking and pastry, garde manger, international and American cuisines, and à la carte. They practice timing, teamwork, and presentation. Students become skilled in advanced food preparation techniques that allow them to transform basic ingredients into culinary art. Both the associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs were developed under the advisement of top chefs and restaurants from Pittsburgh and across the nation. By graduation, associate’s degree students are prepared to seek entry-level positions in the field including prep cook, line cook, and first cook.

The mission of the Culinary Arts associate’s degree program is to provide an environment for students to become learners who possess the skills, knowledge, creativity, and ethical values necessary in the rapidly changing, culturally diverse culinary professions. Overall, the intent of the program is to have experienced industry professionals impart their knowledge and technical acumen to the students. The approach to education relies heavily on actually participating in projects that are practical and technical in scope. The goal is to have the students gain knowledge and skills necessary to understand and execute culinary processes efficiently and effectively in the kitchens of the culinary world.
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