Online Culinary Arts Degrees

Online culinary arts programs teach students the fundamentals of cooking, food sanitation, and restaurant management. These programs are geared towards creative individuals who enjoy preparing and presenting food to the public. Online culinary degrees are available at the associate and baccalaureate levels, and select schools may offer a career diploma or certificate option.

Individuals who graduate with a degree, certificate, or diploma in culinary arts may seek employment in food prep, hospitality management, event planning, culinary education, and restaurant management. Programs may provide the skills needed to pursue a career as an executive chef, food writer, research chef, culinary educator, or a food and beverage manager.

Available Degree Levels

  • Career Diploma: Varies
  • Certificate: One to two years to complete
  • Associate Degree: Two years to complete
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Four years to complete

An online certificate in culinary arts teaches students the basic terminology found in a professional kitchen, as well as proper sanitary precaution and kitchen organization. These programs may train students on proper knife use, basic sauce-making methods, and meat butchery, while allowing the student to develop their own chef style. Coursework may include food safety and sanitation, menu planning, and consumer nutrition.

A career diploma in culinary arts trains students who wish to pursue professional cooking on a smaller scale. These programs may be suited for those who wish to enter catering, event planning, or hospitality. Coursework may include introduction to catering, food styling, and the gourmet kitchen.

An associate degree in culinary arts in the online format consists of coursework which prepares individuals for a career in a professional kitchen. These programs may allow students to develop their own culinary techniques and methods, while expanding their knowledge in baking, nutrition, and menu development. Coursework may include meat identification, nutrition, and wine studies.

An online bachelor’s degree in culinary arts may prepare individuals to become leaders in the field of culinary arts. These programs may provide managerial training while also providing students the platform to master culinary techniques. Coursework may include anthropology of food, marketing and promoting food, and food service management.

Career Options

Individuals who graduate with a degree in culinary arts may have the skills and techniques needed to manage a professional kitchen, maintain a kitchen staff, and create a restaurant menu. Graduates may seek employment in a number of industries including restaurant management, catering, hospitality, and event planning.

Possible career fields include:

  • Executive Chef
  • Food Writer
  • Research Chef
  • Culinary Educator
  • Food and Beverage Manager

Recommended Schools

The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City is the perfect place to launch your culinary career. Choose from programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary management.


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Get hands-on training with Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America. We offer programs in culinary arts, pastry and baking, and hospitality and restaurant management at campuses across the United States.


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Virginia College Online continues the tradition ofgiving lives new direction, fulfilling our mission statement tostudents wherever they live and offering the chance to pursue adegree while maintaining commitments to work and family.


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Get the experience you need to succeed in the exciting and fast growing culinary field at Keiser University - Center for Culinary Arts. We offer the flexibility of day or evening classes, experienced faculty, and small class sizes for plenty of personalized attention. Internship opportunities and financial aid are available for students who qualify.


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