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Culinary Arts


If having a kitchen, instead of cubicle as your work place as well as not being slaved to a computer excites you and you'd rather create your masterpiece using food, then culinary arts is your field. There are different responsibilities one may have to take up depending on the job role, starting from Preparing food, baking, presentation of food, supervision of kitchen etc. This job may require working across different locations and time-zones, which could be extremely exciting!

Career Opportunities in Culinary Arts

  • Chef
    A chef is an experienced and skilled individual who is not only responsible for the cooking of the food, but also for the presentation of food, supervision of the kitchen and staff members.
  • Culinary Chef
    A culinary chef who specializes in catering not only manage the food and drinks, but also to the arrangement of the venue and decor. Catering can be for hotels, private catering or even mobile catering for a station.
  • Baker
    A baker is a skilled individual who specialises in baking ingredients to produce a variety of recipes, breads, and other goods
  • Pastry chef
    A pastry chef is an individual trained in making pastries and baked goods, such as breads, cookies, etc.
  • Sommelier
    A sommelier creates the wine list at high end restaurants, interacts with customers and staff in order to suggest wines, and how they could be paired with the food

How to Pursue a Career in Culinary Arts

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII in any streamPursue BA. Culinary Arts/ Hotel Management Catering & Technology (HMCT) for 4 yearsPursue Diploma/Post Grad Diploma for 6 months to 1 year-
Path 2
Clear Class XII in any streamPursue BBA in Hospitality and Culinary Education B. Sc. in Catering and Culinary Arts for 3 yearsPursue Diploma/Post Grad Diploma for 6 months to 1 year-
Path 3
Clear Class XII in Any streamPursue Diploma in Chef's Management/ Diploma or Degree in Hotel Management for 3 yearsPursue Diploma/Post Grad Diploma in chef's management for 1 year-

Important Facts

Most colleges require 10+2 for a career in Culinary Art. Preference is given to scores of respective entrance exams
Some colleges have the provision of direct admission on the basis of 12th marks

Leading Institutes

Top Culinary Arts Institutes in India
College Location Website
IHM Aurangabad Aurangabad www.ihmaurangabad.ac.in/courses.html
IHM Meerut Meerut www.ihmmeerut.com
The Oberoi Delhi www.oberoigroup.com/careers/join_us/overview.htm
International Institute of Hotel Management Various centres www.iihm.ac.in
Culinary Academy of India Hyderabad www.iactchefacademy.com/home.html
Indian Institute of Hotel Management and Culinary Arts Hyderabad www.iihmca.org/course-offered
Allied Institute of Hotel Management and Culinary Arts (AIHMCA) Haryana www.aihmca.com
International Institute Of Cullinary Arts Hotel Management Institute New Delhi www.chefiica.com
Goa Hospitality College Goa www.goahospitalitycollege.com/admission_process_hotel_management_college_goa.php
Hotel and Catering Management Institute Punjab www.hcmigroup.com
WGSHA, Manipal University Manipal, Karnataka www.manipal.edu/wgsha/programs/program-list/ba-graduation-in-culinary-arts.html
Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Chandigarh Chandigarh www.cihmct.com
Anjuman-I-Islam's Institute Of Hotel ManagEment & Catering Technology Mumbai www.anjumanihmct.org
Asian Academy of Cuinary Art Kalkaji, New Delhi www.aaca.co.in
Top Culinary Arts Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Institute of Culinary Education New York, US www.ice.edu
Culinary Institute of America New York, US www.ciachef.edu
Le Cordon Bleu Australia www.lecordonbleu.com.au
The International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA) Dubai, UAE www.iccadubai.ae
Culinary Arts Academy Vitznau, Switzerland www.culinaryartsswitzerland.com
New England Culinary Institute Montpelier Vermont, US www.neci.edu

Culinary Arts Entrance Exams

College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
OBEROI STEP Feb - March (forms), April- May (Selection process) Round 1- Checked on candidates Grooming style, Poise, Spoken English, Round2 - One-to-one Panel Meeting, Round3 - Final Interview www.oberoigroup.com/careers/join_us/step.htm?Step=Admission
IHM Taj, Aurangabad Forms-Last Date- 30th May Profiling, Statement of Purpose, Group Discussion, Personal Interview www.ihmaurangabad.ac.in/admissions.html
International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM eCHAT) May Written: Objective, MCQ's, Language comprehension, mathematical skills, data analysis and interpretation, intelligence and critical reasoning, awareness of Indian & Global Economy.
Personal Interview
Culinary Academy of India (BCT/CA) April- forms, May (exam) Written test, GD, PI www.iactchefacademy.com/3years.html
Goa Hospitality College, Enrollement through both UGAT & HAT (campus test) result, Student who has valid UGAT score is given first preference. May UGAT- Written: English Language, Numerical & Data Analysis, Reasoning, GK, Aptitude
HAT- English, simple mathematics, analytical skills and General Knowledge

Work Description

  • Expertise in cooking different types of cuisines
  • Innovate with ingredients to come up with unique dishes
  • Supervise the whole process of cooking, along with its arrangement and creative presentation
  • Use different tools and machines for food processing
  • Be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of diverse food items
  • Keep a check on the quality and hygiene of the food that is being presented
  • Work in accordance with the policies of the organisation
  • Oversee the stock levels, supplies and other managerial duties in the kitchen
  • Use proficient organisation skills to manage different tasks at once
  • Regulate one's own personality, health and hygiene to look more promising

Pros & Cons of a Career in Culinary Arts

  • Creativity is encouraged.
  • With a degree in culinary arts you can work in Restraunts, Hospitals, Cruises, airlines, etc.
  • You can become culinary teacher or a private chef to influence people in the society.
  • There is no fixed time of working hours.
  • Starting salary can be low
  • May have to work in a hazardious place
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