The fabulous food world is so diverse, and CIA majors reflect that. There are always plenty of opportunities to cook or bake, but if food business or entrepreneurship is more your thing, there’s a career path for you too. Maybe you’re looking for innovative ways to take your culinary creations to the next level, or to change the way the world produces and consumes food. Or perhaps you want to host memorable food and beverage events. In any scenario, you’ll find the right match for you among CIA’s majors.
The kitchen is where you feel at home. Build the foundation for your culinary creativity, from cooking methods to flavor principles to butchery. You’ll learn about sustainability, wellness, responsible sourcing, world cultures and cuisines... knowledge every future-thinking food professional needs.
Do you have that special combination of creativity and attention to detail? Learn the techniques, ingredient function, and design principles behind everything from puff pastry to baguettes to entremets—and then envision and create your unique versions. You’ll also learn to prepare savory fare perfect for your own café.
Food and beverage is the heart of the hotel, entertainment, and travel experience. With critical business-focused hospitality skills, plus vital hands-on food and beverage experience, you’ll gain the distinct advantage to lead across all aspects of hospitality—from the business and hotel end of operations, to food and event planning.
Success in food depends not only on inspired cooking and baking, but also your understanding of business. Whether you want to excel in a company or start one of your own, you need industry-specific knowledge in leadership, marketing, human resources, finance, and more.
You can’t have a great restaurant or food operation without a robust beverage program. In this major, you’ll gain the know-how and confidence to run such a program and be invaluable for your wine and beverage expertise.
Want to use your passion for food to make a difference? Gain a deep understanding of the cultural, environmental, economic, ethical, and social forces affecting our food systems and the leadership skills necessary to innovate and create impact at any level—local to global.
Innovative ideas and the ability to turn out a consistently superior product are essential for cooking at the highest level or creating the next big thing in food. With a deep, technique-based understanding of your ingredients, and the most kitchen hours of any CIA major, you’ll be equipped to do more inventive and delicious things.
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