Culinary Careers

Want to work in culinary but don't really know what that entails? Here are four different career paths you could take within the culinary field!
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Culinary arts

What do you do?

Since the discovery of fire, humans have elevated food from a mere staple to an art form; its consumption not just a means for living but a way of life. Called the ‘art of cooking’, culinary arts will take you into the world of food preparation and restaurant management. While cooking can be learnt at home or at work, it takes academic qualifications and work experience to rise to higher ranking positions within the restaurant business. 

Apart from learning how to prepare food and plan menus, you will learn how to manage inventories and human resources, calculate costs, and maintain hygiene and safety. You will also learn the various styles of table service.

Where can you work?

Those who graduate from this course can work as caterers, chefs, restaurant managers, lecturers, dieticians, flavour chemists and food critics. You can work in hotels, restaurants, cruise ships as well as catering and other food-related businesses.

Culinology

What do you do?

Do the expressions ‘molecular gastronomy’, ‘culinary foam’ and ‘haute cuisine’ ring a bell? Culinology is the convergence of cooking and food technology. By applying scientific methods to food preparation, food can take new forms and textures that are limited only by the imagination. A background in science is advantageous, in addition to the ability to understand the technical aspects of the course.

Where can you work?

Graduates will have wide employment opportunities. Apart from working as chefs or managers in the hospitality field, they can also be researchers, product assurance mangers, product development managers, culinary research technologists, savoury lab managers, consultants, flavourists, food scientists and test kitchen managers in other food-related industries.

Food and beverage management

What do you do?

Food and beverage management focuses on food knowledge. You will be exposed to the way ingredients are harvested and processed, the art of eating and dining, bartending, dining room service, cost control, human resource management as well as event planning and marketing.

You will also be exposed to new technology and current developments within the food industry. Generally, the focus will be more on operations than cooking itself. In other words, you will learn how to run a restaurant, pick out the best deals, serve your customers better and manage a profitable business. 

Where can you work?

Graduates from this course can look forward to jobs in hotels, event management companies, restaurants, hospitality organisations, catering, food retailing, etc. They can also work as managers, entrepreneurs, consultants, researchers and lecturers.

Food science

What do you do?

Food science is the application of science and engineering to the production, processing, distribution and evaluation of food. Consider this course if you enjoy chemistry, physics, and biology.

The course covers more than just the study of the basic food groups and their physical and chemical properties. You will study nutrition, food, microbiology, food sanitation, packaging and preservation as well as quality control and legislation. You will also learn the scientific principles involved in production agriculture, food processing as well as marketing and consumption.

Where can you work?

Career opportunities for graduates in this course are available in research and development firms, laboratories, manufacturing, and academic institutions.