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While culinary arts and culinary management may seem like similar career options to students, there are striking similarities and differences between the two career paths. Therefore, it is only fair to make an informed career decision and choose the right career path.

The agenda for this blog is first to understand what a culinary management degree entails, key restaurant management skills, culinary management subjects, and career scope.

What Is Culinary Management?

Culinary management is a course that prepares you to manage the business and practical aspects of a restaurant, casino, cruise, resort, or hotel. A career in this field goes one step ahead of culinary arts as it involves managing the kitchen and human resources, infrastructure, customers, venues, and facilities of the hotel or restaurant.

Thus, culinary management as a career demands you to manage the overall restaurants ranging from customer service to food preparation. Basically, it is the restaurant management, i.e., handling both supply and demand aspects of running a food or hospitality facility.

Culinary management jobs demand you to manage:

  • Human resources
  • Sanitation & safety (kitchen and restaurant)
  • Menu designing
  • Front-office issues
  • Food procurement, food costs, and financing aspects
  • Food production
  • Research & management
  • Dining establishments
  • Providing excellent customer service and promoting positive customer relations

Thus, the complete upkeep of a restaurant from A to Z falls under the job description of a culinary field professional.

Skills You Learn In Culinary Course
Culinary Management Key Skills Applications of Culinary Management Skills
Food Trends A culinary management course teaches you about latest trends in the food & beverage industry and a deep understanding of fine dining.
Food Service Management Keeping an up-to-date directory of food and ingredients, managing food costing, food procurment, and overall kitchen handling.
Accounting & Finances Handling taxes, keeping accounts of profit/loss & daily finances, and minimizing costs.
Cooking Cooking skills, knowledge about different cuisines, hacks, ingredient measurement, baking, culinary expertise, attention to detail, menu planning, etc.
Dining Room Operations Managing the seating areas while maximizing their use, Venue designing, and seating arrangement.
Human Resource Management Leading teams of all sizes, ensuring a happy team of chefs, servers, and other staff while maximizing the efficiency for higher profits.
Customer-Service Excellent interpersonal & communication skills, customer-oriented approach, pleasing personality, and good listening skills.

Apart from these skills, some common culinary & restaurant management subjects include wine & spirits preparation, international cuisines, food safety & sanitation laws, international traditions & protocols, event planning & execution, etc. 

Is Culinary Management A Good Career Choice?

Yes, as the hospitality & tourism industry re-emerges in 2022, the demand for certified culinary professionals is at its peak. The culinary management and culinary arts jobs will skyrocket even more in the upcoming years for sure.

Apart from high demand, culinary management careers are incredibly satisfying if your interest lies in the business side of the hospitality industry. A career in culinary field instills all the necessary skills that one needs to have to start their own business. Therefore, if opening your own restaurant or hotel is your dream, it is best to complete either a restaurant management degree or a culinary arts course, gain a few years of experience to learn practical skills, and then jump into the business aspects of it.

Further, a career in culinary puts you in charge, both as a leader and a manager. Add to it the culinary management salary scale in India and abroad; the restaurant managers are paid really high. All these factors make a career in culinary a perfect choice for you.

What Can I Do With A Culinary Management Degree?

List of careers you can pursue with a degree in culinary management (most of these career options overlap with culinary arts as the focus area is the same, food!)

  • Entry-level Chef
  • Restaurant cook or baker
  • Supermarket cook or baker
  • Gourmet Store cook /manager
  • Restaurant manager
  • Personal chef
  • Casino manager
  • F&B manager
  • Restaurant chef
  • Sous chef
  • Sales manager
  • Catering Manager
  • Hotel Chef/Executive Chef
  • Club Chef
  • Food R&M
  • QSR Chef (Quick Service Restaurant)
  • Food Production Chef (Cruise Ships, Casinos, Airlines, Army Bases)
  • Pastry Chef
  • Special Event Planner
  • Food stylist
  • Food photographer
  • Food blogger
  • Food journalist
  • Pastry Chef
  • Culinary professor
  • Chef Instructor

Who Hires Professionals in Culinary Management & Culinary Arts?

  • Restaurants (independent & restaurant chains)
  • Resorts
  • Hotels
  • Casinos
  • Sport venues
  • Military bases
  • Event planning companies
  • Theme and amusement parks
  • Cruise Ships
  • Airline and train catering businesses
  • Culinary Schools
  • Institutional food service contract providers
  • Food magazines
  • Food development departments

Culinary Management Vs. Culinary Arts: What’s The Right Career Choice For You?

If your interest lies purely in the food, including baking, cooking methods, cuisines, presentation, etc., then Culinary Arts is the right choice for you. Basically, if you want to stay solely in kitchens, culinary arts should be your pick.

On the other hand, if management and business excite you along with cooking, you can consider culinary & restaurant management.

Note* Even with a degree in culinary arts; you can very well build a successful career in restaurant management. Since the core subjects overlap between the 2 courses and skill development happens during field jobs, hotels and restaurants frequently hire culinary arts graduates as restaurant managers.

Build A Successful Career in Hotel Management With The Best Institution, ITM

In 1991, ITM began providing quality education in hotel management and many other courses. For the past 30 years, we have built on our legacy with 10,000+ students presently enrolled in our programs. ITM’s alumni have successfully built brilliant careers in their respective fields and continue to do so.

So, why should you choose ITM courses?

  1. ITM provides a diversity of courses ranging from hotel management, hospitality studies, patisserie & confectionery, and culinary arts.
  2. All our courses are carefully designed to instill a perfect blend of knowledge and practical skills via internships and workshops conducted by experts.
  3. The faculty at ITM hails from world’s top reputed institutions with years of experience in their respective fields. With us, you get to learn from the best, which enables you to work with the best.
  4. ITM provides a 100% placement guarantee for each of our students. Industry leaders like Taj, Four Seasons, ITC, Radisson, Oberois, and Starbucks recruit ITM’s students.

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