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The love and passion for culinary careers are on a steady rise. A vast portion of 12th pass-outs wish to build their culinary career in the food & beverage industry, thus searching for chef courses after the 12th. While a massive number of students are willing to enroll in culinary courses, they are usually confused about various types of culinary degrees and their career scope.

This blog will discuss 5 major types of culinary arts degrees and the types of culinary careers one can make after completing their degree.

What Are The 5 Different Types of Culinary Degrees?

1. Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts 

Bachelor of Culinary Arts is the most preferred choice in the food & beverage industry. The course provides broad culinary knowledge to students, focusing on cooking and kitchen management. A BA-ICA degree takes the students from basic to advanced cooking techniques, equipment, ingredient measurement & measurement techniques, cuisines, menu planning, etc. 

2. Bachelor in Culinary Management 

A UG degree in culinary management goes one step ahead of culinary arts and focuses on restaurant management aspects. Thus, while a culinary arts degree focuses primarily on kitchen management, culinary management covers the handling of overall restaurant or hotel operations. 

3. Diploma in Patisserie & Confectionery 

It is a one-year program that comprehensively focuses on teaching the fundamentals of baking combined with culinary skills. A diploma in patisserie and confectionery is perfect for those who want a culinary career specializing in baking. 

As baking is an art, a diploma provides specific training for creating baked goods, desserts, waffles, croissants, and many more. 

4. Degree in Food Service Management

If you want to build your career outside restaurant kitchens, then a degree in food service management is the right choice. The course is curated to teach the essential skills required to manage food service outlets in various establishments. A degree in food service management makes you eligible to work in hotels, corporate cafeterias, hospitals, etc. 

If you want to do something more than just cooking food, a graduate degree in food service management can be your pick. The course makes you ready to work in a range of work environments and a fast-paced atmosphere. 

5. Bachelor of Catering Technology & Culinary Arts

BCT & CA is also an emerging culinary career choice among students today. It is a 3-year long UG course that offers a comprehensive knowledge of culinary arts and catering aspects. Thus, the course presents a perfect culinary career option for those planning to focus on catering after graduation. 

Bachelor of Catering Technology & Culinary Arts
Culinary Degree Syllabus & Skillset Culinary Career Options Culinary Degree Salary
Bachelor in Culinary Arts Planning and Managing Food Production Restaurant Chef Entry-level salary: INR 4-5 LPA
World Food Research Chef Senior-level salary: INR 10-12 LPA
Brand Management Baker or Pastry Chef
Menu Planning Executive Chef
Food and Beverage Operations Management Restaurant Manager
Menu Planning Service Staff
Product Development Personal Chef
Finance in Hospitality Nutritionist
Food Management Facilities Food and Beverage Instructor
Rooms Divisions Operations Management Food Photographer
Customer Service Food Stylist.
Food Commodities
World Cuisines
Creative Patisserie
Food Safety Management
Contemporary Hospitality & Marketing
Food Styling
The Developing Manager and Human Resources Management
Strategic Management
Bachelor in Culinary Management Advanced culinary planning Culinary Manager Entry-level salary: INR 4-5 LPA
Food preparation and presentation Classical and contemporary cooking techniques Junior Culinarian Senior-level salary: INR 10-12 LPA
Basic and advanced food science Restaurant
Kitchen environment management Health, safety, sanitation and food handling regulations. Restaurant Manager
Menu planning with nutritional ingredients, promote general health & well-being, consider modifications for special diets & cuisines Supermarket Cook and Baker
Culinary Computer Applications Gourmet Store Assistant
Culinary Cost Controls Restaurant Manager
Foundation of Nutrition Event Planner
Food Service Operations Catering Chef
Culinary Operation Analysis Personal Chef
Restaurant Operations (front & back-end) Sales Manager
Corporate Chef
Club Chef
Sous Chef
QSR Chef
Diploma in Patisserie & Confectionery Bakery (Bread Making, Cakes, Pastries) Assistant Pastry Chef Entry-level salary: INR 3-4 LPA
Quality Control Bakery Manager Senior-level salary: INR 10-11 LPA
Commodities and Costing Specialty Baker
Fundamentals of Food Production Head Bakery Chef
Fundamentals of Food & Beverage Service
Professional Baking Sweetbreads
Baked Food-Product Test
Baking Technology
Baked Foods-Product Development
Hygiene & Safety
Professional Baking Tarts & Pastries
Services Marketing
Degree in Food Service Management Food Nutrition F&B Manager Entry-level salary: INR 2.5-3 LPA
Food & Beverage Services Food Public Relations Specialist Senior-level salary: INR 10-12 LPA
Food Science Food Research
Services Marketing Culinary Technologist
Quality Assurance & Safety Recipe Developer
Food Costs
Bachelor of Catering technology & Culinary Arts Basic Food Production Executive Chef Entry-level salary: INR 2.5-4 LPA
Accomodation Assistant Chef Senior-level salary: INR 8-9 LPA
Food Nutrition Sous Chef
Indian & Contemporary Gastronomy Catering Assistant
Quality Assurance & Safety Catering Manager
Culinary French Food & Beverage Executive
Food & Beverage Service
Food Science
Front Office Operations
Effective Communications
Food Production

Also Read - Overview Of Culinary School in Mumbai (2024)

What Is The Highest Degree in Culinary Arts?

A master's degree in culinary arts is one of the highest degrees in this field. Those who have completed their bachelor’s in culinary arts can go for the PG course. Generally, the job options and salaries after a PG in Culinary Arts are quite high. Therefore, if you plan to get the highest-paying culinary jobs and make a successful culinary career, completing a master’s course in culinary arts from a reputable institution is wise.

A master’s degree in culinary arts focuses on acquiring advanced knowledge about international cuisines, baking, classical & modern techniques, food science, etc.

Build Your Culinary Career With The Best Culinary Institution

With an experience of 30 years of imparting quality culinary education, ITM University is an accredited culinary art institute where you can lay the foundation of your bright culinary career. With high-class modern culinary infrastructure, experienced faculty, and specifically curated course curriculum by industry experts; our culinary courses ensure to incorporate a complete culinary skill set in you.

ITM provides 100% placement support to all the students with chances to get hired by top industry players, including Starbucks, Taj, Oberoi, ITC, Radisson, etc.

Want to know more about our culinary courses? Visit ITM’s official website.

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