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Culinary Arts

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AOS Degree – Code #0578

Debra Burch, Department Chair and Program Coordinator
Email address: burchda@alfredstate.edu

The courses train students in the principles applied to culinary arts. The goal is to prepare men and women for supervisory positions, and culinary positions that require special skills and knowledge of food and business. By learning fundamental and advanced culinary principles in the food service industry and employing the techniques of menu planning, preparation, and supervision in the lab classes, the students develop skills, confidence, and critical thinking.

Advantages

  • Students may earn manager sanitation certification from the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association as part of the program.
  • The department requires that all students obtain an approved job in the food industry for a minimum of 320 hours of employment during the summer between the first and second years of the program. This is to enhance skill development and improve career advancement after graduation.
  • Graduates have the option of applying for readmission into a dual-degree program, whereby they may obtain a second degree in baking, production and management in one additional year.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret and comply with prevailing food safety regulations.
  • Create products from complex recipes.
  • Successfully vie for employment or continuing education in the food service industry.
  • Productively utilize typical culinary equipment.
  • Establish product and plate cost for menu items.
  • Demonstrate the relationship among menu, equipment, layout, and design.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program

Alfred State culinary arts graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program. Graduates who have credit for freshman composition, statistics, literature, history, and speech may complete the BBA program in two additional years; others may complete the BBA program in two-and-one-half years.

Occupational Opportunities

  • Chef Manager
  • Cook
  • Sous Chef
  • Chef
  • Production Manager
  • Health Care
  • Food Service Manager
  • School Servicer
  • Caterer
  • Food Sales Representative
  • Food Marketing
  • Dining Room Manager

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 50 percent are employed; 50 percent continued their education.

Expenses

In addition to regular college expenses, the student must purchase a probe thermometer, calculator, uniform package, and uniform laundry service from the Alfred State Campus Store. Uniforms may cost approximately $360 to 460. The uniform laundry service is approximately $80 per semester. All culinary arts students must pay for one meal each day they are in lab, using a meal swipe or paying with cash. If not, they will not be allowed in lab and will receive a zero for that session. It is recommended commuter students purchase a meal plan; however, they may pay in cash for one meal each day, if they prefer. First-semester textbooks cost approximately $500, and approximately $100 each succeeding semester.

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Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Recommended: Knowledge of basic math, reading, and writing skills.

Technical Standards

Applicants in the culinary arts program must meet the following physical requirements:

  • Perform lab functions while standing on their feet for extended periods of time (up to five hours) daily.
  • Be proficient in reading (for guest checks, recipes, and instructional manuals) and mathematics (for recipe conversion, cost control, and calculations associated with food production and service).
  • Write with clarity for communication with faculty, kitchen personnel, and guests.
  • Lift 50 pounds from floor.
  • Orally communicate with people six to 10 feet away.
  • Visually identify degree of product doneness.
  • Handle kitchen equipment, including knives, with dexterity and safety.

Certification Or Licensure

Students may earn manager sanitation certification from the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association as part of the program.

Culinary Arts - AOS Degree 

 

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

CULN 1083 Food Safety & Service Training 3
CULN 1143 Culinary Foundations 3
CULN 1373 Purchasing & Cost Control 3
CULN 1479 Kitchen Fundamentals 9
      18

Second

CULN 2043 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3
CULN 2183 Menu Planning 3
CULN 2263 Cooking Techniques & Preps 3
CULN 2479 Culinary Preparations 9
      18

Third

CULN 3162 Hospitality Accounting 2
CULN 3251 Beverages 1
CULN 3353 Hospitality Supervision 3
CULN 3479 Advanced Culinary Preparation 9
CULN 3173 Intl Cook, Garde Manger & Baki 3
      18

Fourth

CULN 4033 Intro to Food Science & Techno 3
CULN 4163 Advanced Cuisine 3
CULN 4253 Hospitality Management 3
CULN 4479 Culinary Capstone 9
      18

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a "C" average.

Note: Students must pass 1479 before taking 2479, pass 2479 before taking 3479, and pass 3479 before taking 4479.