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Culinary Management Degree

Unlike culinary arts, a Culinary Management Degree is a study of business management that focuses on the different aspects of the culinary field, among them kitchen and dining room operations, cost control, food service management, and sourcing and purchasing of materials. Ideally, students should have a culinary background as this program is designed for those who want to advance beyond food preparation and go into the vast area of human resource management, restaurant operations management, marketing, accounting and logistics.

A regular curriculum will include general business courses in accounting, finance and marketing, law and ethics, customer relations, communications and human resources. Specialized subjects tackle the basics in cooking, employee management, management of the front and back operations of dining establishments, nutrition and menu planning, food safety and health sanitation codes and others as determined by the school. A degree in culinary management may be completed as an online degree or in a campus education. Both options are offered in schools and colleges that have culinary programs. Many schools are culinary institutes that offer only programs that involve the field of food. A good curriculum is one that includes hands-on experience and online schools can partner with business establishments to provide on-the-job training for its students if it is feasible.

Completion of a Culinary Management Degree may not be for a chef position but it is still necessary to have a working knowledge of the culinary arts. The culinary manager has a broad range of responsibilities, from cuisine to communication to commerce. Jobs available to the graduate go by different names – restaurant manager, culinary manager, food service manager- and the responsibilities are similar. The difference lies in the size and type of enterprise. Dining establishments that usually hire culinary managers are fine-dining restaurants, large hotels and resorts and catering businesses.

Salaries range from $40,000 to $70,000 a year, depending on experience, education and scope of job.