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Culinary Classes Inspire Chefs & Business People Alike

by Olivia Tacelli
CulinaryEd Columnist
May 19, 2011

Going to culinary school is a great way to learn basic skills for your career: for example, proper handling of knives and equipment, cooking and baking techniques, nutrition, food safety, and sanitation. Beyond these fundamentals, you may also find compelling classes to inspire you creatively and intellectually and help you find your unique culinary arts career.

Culinary School Won't Dessert You

For example, there are courses devoted to the design of plated desserts. You've surely been dazzled by these pieces of edible art -- you too can learn to create these masterpieces as a pastry chef in a restaurant or your own bakery.

Lead Your Way to a Chef Career

If you want to run your own business, take a class in leadership and ethics. Explore in detail the way business, ethics, and leadership connect as well as your own individual leadership style. You should be prepared for a respected career as an executive chef in a large dining facility such as a hospital or university.

Write What You Eat

You can develop your writing skills along side your culinary ones with a professional food writing class. Here you'll learn how to write food reviews, recipes, news and feature articles, food narratives, and more as well as how to research and document food trends and celebrities.

Naturally Culinary Arts

If you're passionate about natural foods, there are specialized classes focusing on gluten-free or dairy-free diets or incorporating more soy products into your recipes. Still more interesting are the classes that teach about sustainability and social change for those who believe that personal and global healing are possible through food choices.

Classical Training

And for those interested in the classical aspects of the culinary arts, you can study the French language so you have a greater understanding of techniques, recipes, and ingredients derived from classical French cuisine.

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