Culinary Arts (Diploma) - Birmingham, Alabama

Culinary Arts (Diploma)


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Prepare for a culinary career in just 36 weeks! Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Birmingham, offers hands-on training from internationally-trained chef instructors, all with at least 10 years of experience in the industry. Our culinary arts program gives you an intensive education in food preparation with realistic training in modern, fully equipped teaching kitchens.

This culinary arts program offers practical training that follows the guidelines of the American Culinary Federation. You'll have the opportunity to learn fundamental, intermediate, and advanced culinary skills, and find out how to make a living doing what you love. Our fast-track culinary program covers fundamental cooking principles, teaches advanced culinary and fundamental pastry skills. It also provides real-world experience through an externship at a Birmingham-area catering firm, restaurant or resort.

Chef Jared Danks, Culinard Program Director, Virginia College in Birmingham, talks about how to be a successful Culinard student, and a successful future chef.

Culinard participates in a number of community events, and throughout the intensive cooking school program, you may have the opportunity to volunteer with Culinard faculty members at these special functions to learn the catering business first hand. These special training events might include Chefs for the Cure, Break 'n Bread, Birmingham Zoo benefits and more. Additionally, at the end of your third term, you will prepare a buffet for family and friends, working with your classmates to plan, prepare and present the meal in its entirety.

The Culinary Arts program at Virginia College in Birmingham can make attending cooking school and beginning your culinary career a reality for you. We offer small class sizes, flexible morning or afternoon scheduling and a focus on practical, real-world training. As part of the Culinary Arts diploma program, you'll learn resume building, math and hospitality managerial skills to prepare you for your career in the food services industry.

Culinard in Birmingham also offers career placement assistance. Birmingham employers who have hired Virginia College culinary arts graduates include catering firms, hotels, banquet facilities, resorts and restaurants. Culinary arts students have gone on to rewarding jobs at outstanding restaurants and dining facilities such as Cahaba Grand Conference Center, Yellow Bicycle Catering, Satterfield's Restaurant (including executive chef Haller Magee) Ocean, Kathy G, Bright Star Restaurant, Highlands Bar & Grill and Hot & Hot Fish Club.

Visit the website for Culinard - the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Birmingham Alabama to learn more about our 36-week fast-track culinary arts diploma program.

Expand your career options with our pastry arts program which can be completed in just 24 additional weeks. Ask your enrollment specialist for details.*

This program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation.

This program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation.

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*Program details subject to change. See the official campus catalog and appropriate addenda for the latest information.

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