Culinary Arts


Prepare for an exciting culinary career in just 36 weeks! Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Birmingham, offers hands-on training from trained chef instructors who provide individualized learning for our students. Our culinary arts program gives you an intensive education in food preparation with realistic training in modern, fully equipped teaching kitchens. Plus, you'll have plenty of on-the-job work experience, even before you graduate!

Chris dreamed of being a chef. Early on, he learned that when the world hits, it hits hard. He was kicked out of his house and became homeless and hungry. But the opportunity came along to start the culinary program at Virginia College, and everything changed.

Be in the Kitchen on the First Day of Your Culinary Arts Classes

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. Plus, unlike some culinary arts colleges, you'll be working in the kitchen on day one!

As part of the Culinary Arts diploma program, you'll also learn resume building, math and hospitality managerial skills to prepare you for your career in the food services industry.

You'll Get On-the-Job Work Experience!

Our 36-week culinary program covers a range of culinary and pastry skills and provides real-world experience through an externship at a catering firm, restaurant or resort. This on-the-job experience, combined with your grasp of culinary fundamentals from your classes and labs, can make you a desirable candidate for employment after graduation. Our Career Services team maintains placement relationships with local employers as well as Corporate Externship partners such as:

  • Biltmore Estate
  • Capella Hotel Group
  • Commander's Palace
  • Xanterra
  • Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
  • Beau Rivage
  • Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
  • Red Mountain Resort
  • Southeast Retail Baker's Association

Culinard students also have the ability to gain real-world experience as a volunteer for a number of special events in the community, sometimes collaborating with Culinard faculty members and area employers to feed large groups of people in a short timeframe. Additionally, at the end of your third term, you will help create a "grand buffet" for family and friends, working with your classmates to plan, prepare and present the meal in its entirety.

Chef Dusty Cooper, Culinard Program Director, Virginia College in Baton Rouge, talks about how Culinard produces quality chefs in a short period of time.

Our Career Services team can help you hone your job search skills like resume building, interview techniques, job market research and job-lead follow up. This team can also assist your job search through its relationships with local employers like catering firms, hotels, banquet facilities, resorts and restaurants.

Take the First Step Today Toward a Fun and Fulfilling Career!

Classes are forming now at Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, but this intensive cooking school program can only take a limited number of students. Don't wait! Complete the Request More Information form now.

If you think you are interested in a Pastry Arts career, learn more here!

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

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