Culinary Arts – From Passion to Profession

Culinary Arts – From Passion to Profession

Culinary Arts – From Passion to Profession

Never before than now was the time to turn your creativity into a career; two of which strike me almost immediately are writing and cooking. In pursuit of the former, and as a logical continuation of my previous writing (“Careers in Hospitality Management”), I would like to throw some light on the latter - Culinary arts/skills, its scope as a career option, the various Institutes providing the required training and of course the potential employers. Food industry, both as a subset of the Hospitality Industry and as a standalone one in its own right, is booming. We know even without any newspapers or blogs telling us that there are more restaurants than hotels; that the demand for fine, luxury dining and multi- and world cuisines is on an all-time and parabolic high, thanks to higher incomes, increased business & leisure travel, globalisation, penetration of International food chains in India and sprawl of national brands and standalone/local food joints.Culinary Arts – From Passion to Profession

Career Prospects

A degree or a diploma certificate in food craft; food production; food and beverage service or bakery and confectionery opens up many employment avenues which are varied and interesting. The various job options in the business (other than participating in “Master Chef” across the world) are:

  • Baker
  • Chef
  • Restaurant manager – Managing various aspects of a restaurant/ cafeteria/dining area of a Hotel (including food, menus, interiors, layouts, presentation, sanitation, etc)
  • Food & Recipe Critic/Reviewer/Expert and Writer - Communicate with the public on food trends, chefs and restaurants though newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books, ie Visual & Digital Food Media.
  • Cookbook Writer/Author
  • Food Stylists & Photographers - Work with magazines, books, catalogs and other media to make food visually appealing.
  • Last but the most important: be a Culinary Entrepreneur (restaurants, specialty food retail, bakeries, catering)
  • Research and Development Kitchens – Develop new products for commercial manufacturers and may also work in test kitchens for publications, restaurant chains, grocery chains, or others.
  • Sales – Introduce chefs and business owners to new products and equipment relevant to food production and service.
  • Instructors – Teach aspects of culinary arts in high school, vocational schools, colleges, recreational programs, and for specialty businesses

Never before than now was the time to turn your creativity into a career; two of which strike me almost immediately are writing and cooking. In pursuit of the former, and as a logical continuation of my previous writing (“Careers in Hospitality Management”), I would like to throw some light on the latter - Culinary arts/skills, its scope as a career option, the various Institutes providing the required training and of course the potential employers. Food industry, both as a subset of the Hospitality Industry and as a standalone one in its own right, is booming. We know even without any newspapers or blogs telling us that there are more restaurants than hotels; that the demand for fine, luxury dining and multi- and world cuisines is on an all-time and parabolic high, thanks to higher incomes, increased business & leisure travel, globalisation, penetration of International food chains in India and sprawl of national brands and standalone/local food joints.

Career Prospects

A degree or a diploma certificate in food craft; food production; food and beverage service or bakery and confectionery opens up many employment avenues which are varied and interesting. The various job options in the business (other than participating in “Master Chef” across the world) are:

  • Baker
  • Chef
  • Restaurant manager – Managing various aspects of a restaurant/ cafeteria/dining area of a Hotel (including food, menus, interiors, layouts, presentation, sanitation, etc)
  • Food & Recipe Critic/Reviewer/Expert and Writer - Communicate with the public on food trends, chefs and restaurants though newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books, ie Visual & Digital Food Media.
  • Cookbook Writer/Author
  • Food Stylists & Photographers - Work with magazines, books, catalogs and other media to make food visually appealing.
  • Last but the most important: be a Culinary Entrepreneur (restaurants, specialty food retail, bakeries, catering)
  • Research and Development Kitchens – Develop new products for commercial manufacturers and may also work in test kitchens for publications, restaurant chains, grocery chains, or others.
  • Sales – Introduce chefs and business owners to new products and equipment relevant to food production and service.
  • Instructors – Teach aspects of culinary arts in high school, vocational schools, colleges, recreational programs, and for specialty businesses

The multiple job prospects and not to forget the prospective employers have led to the inception and growth of a number of Culinary schools both in India and abroad. These schools are expected to turn out students at entry standard to first tier restaurant needs, and then grow in experience and understanding with hands-on participation. A culinary education from one of the Institutes can follow several different tracks. These include degrees in culinary arts, culinary management or hospitality management. You can also specialize in wine and spirits or baking and pastry. As a student, you’ll go beyond basic culinary practices and cooking skills to learn leadership tactics and skills that you can put to use in a multicultural professional setting. Proficiency courses are also on offer. These are designed to bring you up to date with the latest culinary techniques and practices that today’s chefs are using. Foundation courses are designed to introduce you to the world of culinary arts, while short courses are designed with hobbyists and non-professionals in mind. It relies on the latest industry input to stay grounded in emerging culinary breakthroughs without abandoning time-tested techniques.

Various Culinary Institutes in India are:

1. Culinary Academy of India:

As the first training school for professional culinary arts in India, the Culinary Academy of India is a leader on the Subcontinent. It’s located in the city of Hyderabad, in close range of major hotels in this South Indian tourist destination. The academy partners with these hospitality giants to produce expert chefs who go on to lead the industry in India. The training and educational facilities at the Culinary Institute of India are top-notch. Instructors walk students through culinary techniques and kitchen-management strategies in one of seven state-of-the-art training kitchens. This is followed up with real-time experience in the teaching restaurant, which seats up to 40 guests.
Courses Offered: The Culinary Academy of India offers two degree packages:
· Bachelor’s degree in catering technology and culinary arts (BCT &CA) offers the most intensive and complete training in classic techniques of professional cooking.
· Post-graduate diploma in Culinary Arts.
· An 18-month craft certification course in food production is also on offer.
These programs are locally accredited and taught by instructors who’ve worked with well-known hotel and hospitality firms. Communication Skills, Personality Development, Industrial Labour & Hotel Laws, Kitchen Designing, Food & Beverage Costing form an integral part of their curriculum.

2. College of Hospitality and Tourism (CHAT, Delhi) under the aegis of Rai Foundation, remains the preferred destination of learning for aspirants wanting to make a successful career in the booming Food & Tourism industry.

Courses offered: Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management (BHM) – 3 years from UGC Recognised University.

They have a proactive Placement Cell, which works in co-ordination with students providing them direction and resources to acquire the necessary skills to secure dream jobs.

3. Amrapali Institute of Hotel Management (Haldwani, Uttarakhand), is promoted by the Modern Academy Society, Modingar. It is the first affiliated and approved Institute of Kumaun region providing Hospitality & Catering Management education from the base level.

  • Amrapali Institute is affiliated to "Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun" and "Uttarakhand Board of Technical Education, Roorkee".
  • BHMCT & DHMCT programmes are duly approved by "All India Council for Technical Education" (AICTE), Ministry of HRD, Government of India, New Delhi.

Courses Offered: BHMCT and DHMCT

4. Mumbai College of Hotel Management and Catering Technology – is managed by Dnyanvardhini Education society established in 1998.

Courses offered: MBA, BCA, Indian Culinary Arts, Cookery, Bakery, Diploma, Degree, PGD, Diploma, M. Sc, Hospitality Management, and Retail Management. They have a placement portal that automates the placement process at the college. Employers can use this portal to communicate with the College Placement Office and through necessary permissions manage campus recruitment and hire students and alumni online. Students and alumni can now access the placement office, college related news, search jobs and access information to help enhance career and advance their skills.

Average Culinary Arts Salaries

Chef Salaries depend on various factors like: Type of Set-up, Culinary Education, Work Experience, Geographic Location, etc. Even though the pay scales may vary from place to place, the differences are not too many. A trainee chef can earn Rs.10000 to Rs.15000 pm. With 5 years experience, a salary of Rs.40000 to Rs.50000 in a five star deluxe hotel is easily attainable. The salary of an executive chef can be between Rs.1 lakh and Rs. 2 lakh pm. According to the ITC’s latest annual report 1, the executive chefs at Maurya Sheraton earn a gross remuneration of Rs.50-52 lakh pa.

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