dcsimg

Culinary grades are based on more than how well you make food

by Olivia DeWolfe
CulinaryEd Columnist
February 23, 2011

Culinary school gradesMost culinary schools use a traditional point system for grading work. Many culinary instructors use these grades to relay information to students about their progress and the areas in which they need to make more effort.

Designed to meet culinary arts industry standards


In order to ensure that you are thoroughly prepared for employment, culinary instructors use a set of parameters that are based on industry standards and outlined by an organization like the American Culinary Federation. In this way, the chances increase that you will be graduating with skills and knowledge comparable to others trying to enter the work force.

Each culinary course has a list of objectives that you'll be expected to meet by its end. Instructors use lectures, readings, culinary labs, demonstrations and student experimentation to convey lessons. You may then be asked to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge through assignments, term papers, quizzes and written and practical exams. Instructors may look for:

  • Accurate and thorough knowledge of regional cuisines and their origins
  • Demonstration of food safety and sanitation
  • Knife and other equipment skills
  • Knowledge of nutrition
  • Speed, quality and presentation of food techniques

Grading your work ethic

In addition, in order to fully prepare students for the workplace, instructors may also grade them on other attributes such as:

  • Ability to demonstrate respect, cooperation and teamwork
  • Appearance
  • Attendance
  • Communication skills
  • Level of productivity
  • Organizational skills

This aspect of your grade may appear on a separate grading scale and be based on such a system: 0=unacceptable all the way to 3=exceeds expectations.

Place value on your culinary internship

Internships are a vital aspect of culinary school, giving you the chance to practice your food production skills and gain the experiential knowledge that only work in a commercial kitchen can offer. Internships are similar to courses because you need to meet certain requirements in order to receive a passing grade. These often include a required number of documented production hours, a student logbook that thoroughly summarizes your experience and employer and student evaluations.

Like many colleges, culinary schools use grades within a point system to assess your abilities. Like other schools, these grades provide you the chance to improve as you go.

Culinary Art Schools
Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            Professional Culinary Arts
            • Hands-on culinary education with focused attention on each student
            • An ACCSC School of Excellence with multiple “Best Vocational Cooking School” awards*
            • 15,000 graduates, including celebrities like Bobby Flay, David Chang, and Christina Tosi*
            • Programs in Culinary Entrepreneurship, Professional Culinary Arts, Professional Pastry Arts, and much more
            • Campuses in New York and Silicon Valley with nearby housing available
            Show more [+]
            Culinary Arts Professional
            • A part of the Select Education Group (SEG).
            • Offers several scholarship and financial aid opportunities for students who qualify.
            • California campuses accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and accreditation for the Salem campus from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
            • 4 Campuses located in Clovis, Modesto, and Redding in California, and Salem, Oregon.
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Culinary Arts (AS)
            • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
            • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
            • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
            • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
            • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
            Show more [+]
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            B.S. in Hospitality Management
            • There's still time to apply to Grand Canyon University and pursue your education. Learn more today!
            • Study on your schedule - GCU offers many programs 100% online to fit your busy lifestyle.
            • GCU offers a variety of opportunities to reduce the cost of furthering your education. Campus students may qualify for scholarships, while online students can take part in limited special offers.
            • A regionally accredited university, GCU also holds specialized accreditations and approvals for some of our core program offerings.
            • Degrees in business, education, nursing, humanities and social sciences, theology and more. Find the degree that fits you.
            • Talk to us today to learn more about financial aid and start dates!
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management

            Founded in 1869 as a land-grant school, the University is known today for its prolific faculty as well as a record of distinguished research and achievement in aerospace, engineering, technology, science, and math.

            • Online Courses
            Search Schools Near You
            Subject :
            Degree :
            Zip Code :

            Culinary Schools
            Culinary Articles
            10 Colleges with Delicious Dining Hall Food
            Forget boring college cafeteria dining. Campus food can be exciting, healthy and delicious. Here's a look at 10 of America's best colleges to get your grub on.
            Four International Cuisines Influencing the American Foodscape
            Ethnic cuisines are an integral part of America's culinary landscape, and none more so than these perennial favorites.
            5 Ethnic Cuisines for Serious Foodies
            Love food? Want to broaden your culinary horizons? These five international cuisines provide an excellent starting place.
            Healthy home cooked meals can improve health, longevity and family social community
            Read how cooking at home rather than eating out can help you live longer, reduce the risk of cancer and improve family dynamics. Not only has cooking at home become the hip choice, it's also become the smart choice.