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Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science

The Art Institute of Tucson can help you prepare for it.

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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Program Description

The Culinary Arts 6-quarter Associate of Applied Science degree program is proud to be part of The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Tucson.

Today’s fast paced world has resulted in a change in the way we eat. The demand for more and more food service outlets has result in a demand for employees with culinary training. The ability not only to cook, but also to manage personnel and develop items of varied appeal is prized in the hospitality field.

At The Art Institute of Tucson, students can prepare with the 6-quarter (18-month) Associate of Applied Science degree program. Students study the fundamentals of cooking, baking, knife skills, nutrition, sanitation, safety, food production, kitchen and restaurant operations, and food selection and purchasing. They have an opportunity

to learn about modern, regional, and classic cuisine, covering a variety of international styles, practicing these skills in professional kitchens. Students also have an opportunity to learn the crucial management and marketing skills they need to achieve their career goals.Culinary Arts students also spend time working in Ai Bistro, the student-operated public dining lab, where students prepare and serve lunch or dinner and have the opportunity to learn to become food service professionals who meet the needs of their guests.Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level positions such as prep cooks, line cooks, first cooks, andassistant pastry chefs. They can pursue work opportunities in entertainment establishments, restaurants, hotels, clubs, resorts, food companies, hospitals and other health care institutions, convention centers, and cruise ships.

OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of the this program, graduates will be able to:

•Cook and present various ethnic cuisines professionally.
•Work as a professional team member.
•Design a business plan for a 100 seat restaurant.
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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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