Prospective Students

Welcome Prospective Students

We are very proud of our dynamic and exciting program here at Utah Valley University. The talented and skilled members of our faculty hold certification from the American Culinary Federation as either a Certified Executive Chef or Certified Executive Pastry Chef. Each of the chef/instructors brings many years of experience working in the food service industry into the classroom.

Curriculum covers a wide variety of subjects such as hot and cold food preparation as well as pastry and baking methods. In addition, classes have the opportunity to develop skills through different catering events. The President’s Scholarship Ball is one of these events where students work under the tutelage of Chefs to create a fine dining experience for up to 800 people. Another event, the Scholarship Gala, showcases the talents and skills of the Culinary Arts Institute students in a fine dining event featuring the “art of the chef”. The catering skills learned from participating in these events are invaluable. Students also participate in operating Restaurant Forté located in the UCCU Center where menus focus on International and American Regional cuisine.

Upon completion of the cooking classes, students are required to participate in an in-house internship, most of which will be spent at the Canyon Park Café. Valuable experience will be gained in all aspects of running a food service business as students rotate through the various stations of the operation.

The Culinary Arts Institute program does not require a student to take any specific classes in high school; however, we strongly encourage good skills in math and English. Admission to Utah Valley University is required before entering the Culinary Arts Institute major. The following prerequisites are required to enter the cooking classes: CA 1490, Food Service Sanitation (or ServSafe certification); CA 1160, Culinary Math; HM 1010, Introduction to the Hospitality Industry and college level math, english, and reading.

If you have any additional questions, please contact our department at 801-863-8914. I look forward to hearing from you soon.