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Culinary Arts Institute



Culinary Arts


Canyon Park




Web Address:


Todd C. Leonard


Mission Statement

The Culinary Arts Institute is a practical teaching institute that provides opportunity and promotes student success while meeting regional educational needs.

Our program provides students with a blend of theoretical, practical, and real world educational experiences through scholarly, creative and engaged industry based learning.

We are committed to excellence and strive to provide a learning environment that maximizes student talent and potential both personally and professionally.


The Culinary Arts Institute

Mailing Address:

The Culinary Arts Institute at Canyon Park
661 East Timpanogos Parkway
Orem, UT 84097
Mail Stop 283

Web Address:
Facebook: Culinary Arts Institute at UVU

  • Advisor:
    Wendy Farnsworth
  • Telephone: (801) 863-6780 direct
  • Telephone: (801) 863-8914 main office
  • Email:


The UVU Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) provides premier training for students interested in a career in professional cooking or baking. The program offers small, hands-on classes that focus on individualized attention and development. The Culinary Arts Institute provides experience through “engaged” industry based learning.

The Culinary Arts Institute’s comprehensive course of study covers several service areas; including not only learning how to cook and bake, but key requirements to success such as; customer service, business and finance management, as well as marketing and advertising. CAI students learn how to apply these skills to a variety of food service establishments and operations. The practical and theoretical instruction covers such areas as food service safety and sanitation, professional dining room service, menu planning, nutrition and purchasing-storeroom management procedures.

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 in our kitchen labs. The CAI also applies real world training as students run full service, fine dining operations at Restaurant Forte, located in the UCCU Center and the Canyon Park Café, located the Culinary Arts Institute in North Orem. These industry based learning models allow students to work with a wide range of foods while directly interacting with the public. In order to get the full breadth of 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.


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