Programs & Degrees

The Program

UVU offers premier training in Culinary Arts for those students interested in a career in professional cooking and baking. The program offers students small classes, individualized attention, and hands-on experience taught by excellent faculty. UVU Culinary Arts Institute covers several areas. Students not only learn how to cook and bake but also study different foods and cooking styles. In addition to food preparation, practical and theoretical instruction covers areas such as sanitation, professional dining room service, menu planning, nutrition, and purchasing procedures. Students can also prepare for a career in catering as a line cook, baker or mid-level management.

While studying Culinary Arts at UVU, students gain a solid understanding of the food and beverage industry and learn the newest techniques in food and baking production using state-of-the-art equipment. UVU’s program also applies real world training as students run Restaurant Forte which is located in the UCCU Center. The restaurant’s international menu changes every week so that students work with a wide range of foods. In order to develop skills in running their own food service establishment, students work in a variety of functions including waiting tables, purchasing, preparing food, hosting, and supervising as the head chef.

Degrees offered

  • Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Technology Management, Culinary Arts Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, Food and Beverage Emphasis

The two-year AAS degree provides an excellent foundation in the principles and techniques of food production. Students are introduced to the basics of food preparation and baking, fine dining service, nutrition as it applies to the food service industry, menu planning, and purchasing and storeroom procedures.

A bachelor’s degree provides students with a thorough understanding of the culinary, food service, and restaurant fields along with in-depth knowledge of current techniques, management, and supervisory skills used in the industry.

Program Learning Outcomes

Career Opportunities

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Private Clubs
  • Personal Chef
  • Schools & Hospitals
  • Government Dining Facilities
  • Industrial Dining Facilities
  • Resort Areas
  • Cruise Ships
  • Recipe Writer
  • Food Critic
  • Food Stylist

Employment Outlook

As a result of more working adults with growing disposable incomes, the culinary arts field continues to grow. Occupations for food preparation and baking/pastry chefs are available in a variety of industries.

Average income for graduates is approximately $28,000 to $36,000 and higher. A chef’s income can range from $44,000 to $46,000 (Income figures are based on graduate placement). The national Restaurant Association notes the average salary across the country for chefs is $64,000.

Graduates of the Culinary Arts institute of UVU are in high demand and are recruited by owners and managers of well-known facilities throughout the country.

Contact Information

Canyon Park Technology Center
661 East Timpanogos Parkway
Building L, Room 102, Mail Stop 283
Orem, UT 84097