Culinary Herbs and Edible Landscapes, Growing and Using Them in Your Kitchen

If you are a foodie, professional cook or experienced Chef you know how important your herbs are to creating dishes that stand out from the crowd. I am pretty sure that if you have ever used fresh culinary herbs you know the difference they can make also!

I have a passion for food and I am willing to bet if you are reading this article you have a passion for food too! It is something that has empowered me to learn for over three decades.

When I cook, I am always looking for the freshest ingredients I can find. I love to shop at the local farmers markets where growers of produce, grains, eggs, and meats sell their products. Fresh Culinary Herbs are always on my list. During the harvest it is always my favorite thing to do. I hit all the local farmers markets I can find. It is so much fun to find something new and fresh that I have never seen before. And the best part is that determines what will be on the menu that day. Utilizing your local small family owned markets and farmers markets helps everyone. The food you prepare and consume when we take advantage of these suppliers will make whatever you might be cooking better and healthier for you. It will be full of nutrients and the flavor can’t be matched by those products that are shipped in from all over the world. Remember that fresh produce and herbs are living things. So, the sooner you can get them and consume them, you will find more flavor and nutritional value in those wonder ingredients mother nature has provided us.

Culinary Herbs are one of nature’s greatest gifts. I have used fresh herbs for over three decades. It wasn’t until about ten years ago I decided to try to save some money and grow my own. I thought it was going to be hard and was a little scared to invest the money to plant a Culinary Herb garden. I did some research about soil conditions, light and watering. I found out what I should have already realized. Culinary Herbs are nothing more than weeds. They grow like weeds too!

When I first planted my culinary herb garden I just started with Basil, Oregano, Thyme, and Sage. After the first year I had so many herbs I was giving them away to friends, neighbors and church friends. They literally took off and started taking over the garden. I was OK with that.

I had to move some of the other things in my garden like, the tomato’s and squash, to another part of the yard. I found out something I really didn’t think about when I started planting these herbs. If you plan it right they make beautiful edible landscape. So, you can accomplish two things by planting your Culinary Herbs.

You will have the freshest Culinary Herbs for your kitchen possible. There really is nothing like being able to walk out to your yard and pick some fresh culinary herbs for something you are cooking. The flavor is unmatched!
You can create a beautiful landscape in your yard, and it’s very inexpensive to maintain. And I saved HUGE on what I was spending for my culinary herbs at the market. Fresh culinary herbs at the market are very expensive as you may know. So, I recommend you look at your yard and the space you have and plant your culinary herb garden as an edible landscape. They are beautiful plants not just for our taste buds but our eyes as well.

The next thing that I had to deal with was I got so used to having fresh herbs, when the winter came, my supply was very limited. Some of the herbs handle the winter pretty well, some don’t. I was crushed in the winter when I wanted some fresh basil and all I had was wilted winter basil. I would always harvest as much as I could and dry it out, but it just wasn’t the same!

I wondered how hard it would be to take some of my herbs and bring them in for the winter? I found out that most of them would do fine as long as they have sunlight. Then I ran out of room in the windows. What was I to do now? I found out there are several companies that sell indoor grow kits. Most of the big box hardware stores carry some kind of indoor growing kits. I brought a couple of those in for winter and my withdrawals for fresh Culinary Herbs were cured. If you have a good thick culinary herb growing just before winter comes take a shovel and dig up a part of the plant. Transplant it into a pot and bring it indoors for the winter. If you give it some good light, you will have fresh culinary herbs all winter long. If you lack a good southern window in your home, you can use a grow light to solve that problem as well.

Now that we have culinary herbs in our edible landscape what should we do with them? Well let’s see? I have a few suggestions for you.


Ginger ale – 1/2 tpsn fresh grated ginger mixed with 16 oz soda water or sprite
Ginger-Lemon tea – 16 oz iced tea with 1/4 tspn ginger and 1/2 tspn lemon.
Mint ale – rub a glass rim with 5-6 mint leaves throw the leaves in the glass add 16 oz soda water or sprite and ice.
Minted sprite – add 4-5 mint leaves and ice in a blender with 16 oz sprite blend smooth.


Rosemary – use your favorite bread recipe add a couple tablespoons of minced Rosemary and a couple tablespoons olive oil to the dough. Great to serve with Roast Pork Loin or Pork Chops.
Thyme – same as Rosemary – Anything Italian or Greek
Basil – same as Rosemary – Anything Italian or tomato dishes
Dill – same as Rosemary – serve with fish or seafood
Tarragon – shallot – same as Rosemary and 3 tablespoons shallots – this is a great complement to beef. Tenderloin, Steak, or Hamburgers.
All of the above with grated onion – use 1/4 cup onion and add cup flour to your recipe – sprinkle the top of the bread with some of the diced onion before baking.
All of the above with fresh garlic – use 3 tablespoons garlic (I like to roast my garlic before adding to the bread but you don’t have to) especially good with the Rosemary, Thyme & Basil.


Mint – (really easy to make, get some gelatin follow the box instructions and when you heat the liquid add cup chopped mint into the liquid & 1/2 cup honey. Strain and refrigerate) the obvious favorite with lamb
Rosemary & cranberry – (this one is really easy, buy or make cranberry sauce and cook with 1/4 cup fresh rosemary, put the rosemary in a sachet so you can remove it from the sauce, refrigerate before service) good with turkey, pork or lamb
Lemon – Dill (Zest 3 lemon, squeeze the juice into a sauce pan add the zest add 1/2 dill and cup sugar in the raw. (Can use good honey in place of sugar in the raw) add gelatin with 2 cups water and boil. Refrigerate before serving) Serve with salmon or your favorite fish.

Butters & compound butters ( for all these use unsalted butter 1 lb, at room temperature mix herbs and other ingredients into the butter, roll up in wax paper and refrigerate, cut slices of the butter and place on top just before service of the entree or soup).

Barnaise Butter – 1/3 cup chopped tarragon, 1/4 cup shallots, 4 white peppercorns crushed, pinch Cheyenne pepper. Serve with beef!
Dill Butter – 1/4 cup chopped dill, cup lemon juice, 4 cracked black peppercorns. Mix all ingredients by hand roll and refrigerate. Fish & Seafood!
Pesto Butter – 1 cup basil leaves packed, 1/4 cup pine nuts (you can use walnuts in a bind) 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan or Romano cheese, 2 Tablespoons minced garlic, add all ingredients except butter in a food processor and blend until it becomes a coarse paste, mix with the butter by hand, roll and refrigerate. Great with any fresh pasta or baked or broiled chicken.


Italian – 1 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves chopped, 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves chopped, 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves chopped, 1 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley leaves chopped, 2 large cloves garlic minced, 1 teaspoon celery salt, teaspoon fresh black pepper. Add all ingredients to blender and mix well.
Creamy Italian – use the same recipe as Italian dressing except add 1 1/2 cups fresh mayonnaise and no oil or vinegar.
Ranch – use the same recipe as the creamy Italian except use half the herbs.

Well folks that is some to get you started. I hope you have fun with your culinary herb and edible landscape gardens. Don’t forget to get the whole family involved. In the garden and in the kitchens, families that work together stay together.

Training For a Career in Culinary Arts

Everyone needs to eat! From fast food to four-star dining, food preparation and the culinary arts are big business. Whether you are serving a dish that costs a dollar at a lunch counter or fifty dollars at a chic New York City eatery, a career in cooking can be very rewarding.

There are many types of culinary careers. Chefs and cooks oversee the entire process of meal preparation, and are expert in measuring, mixing, and cooking all the ingredients that make up a delicious meal. They may also be responsible for making menus, selecting food supplies, and supervising the activities of the kitchen staff.

Food preparation workers assist chefs and cooks. They perform tasks that may include slicing vegetables and meats, cleaning the cooking area, washing lettuce, arranging desserts, and much more. Food preparation workers work closely with chefs and cooks to ensure that the kitchen runs smoothly.

Institutional chefs work in organizations that require large volume-for instance, a kitchen at a college or university may prepare a thousand sandwiches to be served at lunch hour in one day. Not only are flavor and appearance important, but so is consistency, because every sandwich must be uniform. Institutional chefs may also be responsible for creating menus, controlling costs, setting budgets, purchasing ingredients, and managing a large staff.

Chefs in four-star restaurants may create imaginative meals using a wide variety of exotic ingredients. They serve a demanding clientele who are willing to pay high prices for exceptional food. At many big-city gourmet restaurants, competitive pressure is intense as rival restaurants strive to present cutting-edge menus and create a trendy vibe.

Private chefs may work for a single family or a business. They may be called upon to prepare three meals a day in small quantities, just like you would do for a family. They may also be in charge of doing the daily grocery shopping.

Fast-food cooks prepare a limited selection of menu items such as hamburgers, fries, and fried chicken. They often follow strict preparation guidelines written by the owner of the fast-food franchise.

Corporate chefs work for major fast-food chains, restaurant chains, and ready-to-eat producers. They strive to create a food or menu item that can be replicated easily and will sell at a profit. For example, when McDonald’s introduces a new sandwich, it is only after years of careful development and testing by McDonald’s professional chefs.

What’s the job outlook? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that during the decade from 2008 through 2018, the job outlook will be good, with better opportunities for people who have training or experience in business as well as culinary arts. Because of the long hours and intense competition, the industry tends to have a high turnover rate, which benefits the person who is well-trained and determined to succeed. A significant factor leading to personal success in the restaurant business is simply having a drive to succeed!

How about training? While it may be possible to enter the food preparation industry without training by starting at the bottom, advanced positions often require career training. Fine dining and upscale restaurants often seek applicants with a certificate, a two-year associate degree, or a four-year bachelor’s degree.

Culinary arts colleges offer professional career education. Typically, culinary schools such as those listed on the Education-For-Careers website offer associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs. The incoming student generally chooses between one of two degree tracks: baking and pastry, and culinary arts. In the world of food preparation, these are two completely different careers. Rarely will a trained pastry chef also have the skill or interest in how to prepare and serve a filet mignon, and vice-versa.

In addition, there are academic subcategories such as wines, hospitality, nutrition, and business. A culinary school will typically offer a wide variety of training specialties including advanced cooking techniques, cooking styles from around the world, courses on restaurant management, and information on the health issues of commercial food presentation.

Beyond the bachelor’s degree level, chefs often participate in longer training programs offered by professional culinary institutes. Executive chefs and head cooks who work in fine-dining restaurants have often had many years of training and experience.

It goes without saying that there is no such thing as an online culinary arts degree. You have to attend school on campus, where you will work side-by-side with professional chefs in real kitchens and on-campus restaurants. Many culinary arts schools also offer externships, where you spend several weeks working at a restaurant, on a cruise ship, or even at a destination like Disney World.

How do you get started? If you enjoy cooking, if you like to work as a member of a team, and if you love the expression on people’s faces after a satisfying meal, then you should explore the career opportunities in culinary arts. You can get free information by logging onto a reputable college directory website. Simply enter the search terms that are appropriate for you, such as “culinary arts California.” You’ll be presented with the colleges and career schools that meet your criteria. In minutes you can compare programs, financial aid options, and flexible schedules. Then just click on the colleges you like in order to get more free information from the schools. It only takes a few minutes to get your training started!

Food and Wine Tours – 7 Ways for Adding Culinary Depth to Your Travels

Food and wine had been the basis of their courtship. Marriage brought an end to these quiet and yet exciting times. She has said little through the years as he went off with golfing pals and corporate jaunts while she stayed at home. His conscious always treated her to spa visits and club memberships to make up for it. Now, he wanted something for just the two of them. Twenty five years together deserved a celebration.

He was looking for a place near enough to allow them more time for each other and less time for travel. They needed to find a way of enjoying what they both loved and yet rediscovering their mutual passions for life and each other. One loved the outdoors and gardening. The other looked for a more urban relaxation. Their mutual love was preparing and eating great food. Thus a great culinary adventure is born.

Culinary tours allow visitors to really experience the cultural roots of a region. It’s a little bit history, a little bit entertainment and a little bit educational. Yet it can also be an assault on the senses. What better way to involve all five senses?

7 Delightful Ways to Design Your Culinary Adventure

1. Celebrity/Master Chefs

Dining out has long been one of society’s favorite activities. Master chefs have left culinary schools for world-class restaurants, honed their skills and are returning in droves to their home communities to be a part of regional tourism and hospitality. The James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating and preserving America’s cultural diversity and traditions. These master chefs are usually members of this foundation.

Many are indeed, recipients of James Beard honors. You can usually get some great insights of where to dine by looking for press releases from this organization. Even better, there are categories for joining as a food and wine enthusiast. Of course, some of these master chefs do merit celebrity status. Be sure to make reservations in advance to get the most out of your visit.

Cleveland’s Entertainment District hosts some of the city’s most popular restaurants, bars and clubs. Master chefs and celebrity chef, Michael Symon, all have their flagship restaurants here. This is a microcosm of Cleveland, and indeed America’s diverse cuisine. It is a great way to step into the culinary scene and branch out into the neighborhood that centers around your favorite taste. The ethnic neighborhoods of Cleveland are known for superb dining choices.

2. Schools – Wine and Culinary/ Master Classes

We have come a long way from Julia Child to the Food Network and beyond. What is important today is that food is recognized as essential to healthy living. Perhaps more important is that preparing healthy food can be at the core of reducing stress for busy professionals and providing touch points for family and friends to rally around.

Luxury resorts and hotels have provided culinary excursions and master classes for generations. These are again gaining in popularity. Cleveland boasts both cooking schools and a wine school. These schools provide busy locals with the skills to take their culinary appreciation to the next level. They can also provide a great added value to a culinary tour of the region. Additionally, the nearby Culinary Vegetable Institute brings master chefs from throughout America as artists in residence for classes and private dinners on their campus.

3. Luxury Hotel Culinary Packages

Essential to any great vacation is the need to replenish and revitalize ourselves. Some may choose a Bed and Breakfast but for those who see this basic need as a time to treat oneself to more than the ordinary choose a luxury hotel or resort. These hotels and resorts have in place a highly skilled, 5 star staff just looking for ways to delight the guests. Culinary tours are as varied as the hotels but can provide a great foundation for any regional food and wine tour.

The Ritz Carlton Hotel of Cleveland boasts a culinary tour that includes face time with the Executive chefs, special dinners, tours of the West Side Market and the city. The concierge staff is poised to provide directions and reservations to other restaurants and attractions that add to the culinary experience.

4. Farmers Markets

America’s cities are known for the public markets that support the cities and restaurants. Seattle has its Public Market, San Francisco has its Fisherman’s Wharf, and Cleveland has its West Side Market. These are popular tourist destinations. There are ample chances to talk with local suppliers, sample the many treats and enjoy a pleasurable time people watching.

Cleveland’s venerable West Side Market has been supplying the tables of families and restaurants since 1912. As one of America’s oldest enclosed markets, it sets the standard for the many farmer’s markets set up in both urban town squares and the rural areas surrounding Cleveland. This market supplies fruits, vegetables and a diverse array of the regional meats that make Cleveland so popular with gastronomers.

A drive through any area in Northeast Ohio on a Saturday will supply a family with locally grown, healthy fruits and vegetables for a week. Concessions provide ample opportunity to taste the best of the regions. You can also check out the Farmers Union markets in town squares and shopping centers throughout Northeast Ohio on weekdays during summer months.

5. Wineries/Microbreweries

America’s interest in locally produced wines and brews is growing. Wine regions are gaining in popularity as destinations. The Sonoma and Napa Valley regions of California, Oregon’s Columbia Valley, New York’s Finger Lakes and the Niagara region readily come to mind. Microbreweries are the next craze to attract regional visitors. Microbrew tastings as well as wine tasting are easily found in the wine regions. You can actually find wineries that are developing companion microbreweries on their properties.

Northeast Ohio is home to Vintage Ohio, an event attracting thousands to sample the growing wine industry in the state. Home to several wineries and vineyards along Lake Erie, northeast Ohio provides ample ways to enjoy the ambiance of relaxing in a scenic vineyard with friends with a glass in hand. You can enjoy a picnic lunch or opt for a more formal dinner in the elegance of the winery.

6. Farm Tours

Heritage farm tours along the Ohio and Erie Canal are committed to capturing the farming techniques of the regional founders for posterity. Many Amish farms welcome visitors to tour their farms by request. Indeed you will find produce stands along the country roads leading to their farms selling whatever vegetables and fruits are currently being harvested in their fields and baked goods, cheeses and cured meats processed on their farms.

The Culinary Vegetable Institute in nearby Milan, Ohio provides organic and heritage vegetables and micro-greens to the kitchens of some of the country’s top chefs and restaurants. Farmer Lee Jones, the spokesman for the family business, is gaining national acclaim as a celebrity guest at many culinary events.

7. Community Gardens

Urban gardens are becoming vital parts of neighborhoods as families realize the advantages of homegrown produce. However they are not new in many communities. When a visitor is fortunate to find an urban garden gem that has been established for quite a while, that visitor is treated to a glimpse of the heritage of the neighborhood and lovely afternoons spent talking with the gardeners who share the space.

The Brooklyn Heights Community Garden in Cleveland celebrates is now 100 years old. Its grounds are well-maintained by the coop members and classes for all ages are held in the greenhouse and garden center on the campus.

Remember that anniversary couple? They spent a relaxing week in an area not too far from their home but a world away in new experiences. They cruised the back roads with the car top down, picnicked under the stars in a lakeside vineyard, joined other couples for an elegant and exclusive private wine dinner and shared an evening at the theater. There was even time for a tour of the Botanical Gardens, a little shopping and just the two of them for a few holes of golf. Of course that led to the couples massage in the luxury hotel where they stayed. The rest of the time is private.

You can find more about regional destinations and culinary tours at my blog. Be sure to look up my review on Mr. Symons B Spot restaurant in Woodmere.

Deciding to Start a New Career in the Culinary Arts

If you are one of those who love spending time in preparing different foods or like to work with people in food decoration then making a career in culinary industry can surely be the most appropriate decision. In fact, the culinary industry can be the excellent place to start and make your living. If we talk about the scope and future prospects of this industry then we can easily see that it is emerging as one of the most preferred fields among young students. Starting from restaurants, private clubs, resorts, hotels, cruise lines, etc. you have numerous options to work as a chef, pastry chef, food preparation worker or restaurant and hotel managers.

Today as per the recent study done by the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics, the culinary industry symbolizes one of the top growing professional categories in the nation. In United States alone, there are near about 900,000 restaurant locations. Adding to this, the industry is also the prime source of daily more than 12.2 million employees. Apart from this, as per the recent observations made by some of the industry experts, the projected annual sales are growing at a good and steady rate of almost 5% a year, which is definitely better than many other industries. In addition to this, it is also estimated that by 2014, the restaurant industry will have need of other 1.5 million workers as chefs, caterers, food critics and restaurant managers. So if you are actually deciding to learn both classic and modern culinary techniques, kitchen management skills, and the multiplicity of culinary arts, its better you complete your culinary education and get your culinary degree today. While an associate culinary degree targets the fundamental skills and cuisine studies required for making a variety of foods, bachelor’s degree on another hand provides the same foundation and management knowledge that in turns educates you for leadership in and beyond the kitchens and bakeshops.

You must understand that a culinary degree can provide you an advantage when it comes to getting yourself in at a high-end restaurant, even if you don’t have a lot of practical experience. At a top culinary school, you actually gain knowledge of all the art and science behind the flavors and learn new skills required for working in the culinary field. You can know more about a wide variety of cuisines and different theories about foods. In fact, your culinary education at top culinary schools can help you gain the theoretical foundation of cooking as well as hands-on practical exposures in different major areas like:

Patisserie and Baking which teach you more about the baking arts in custards, breads, confections, etc.
Hospitality and Restaurant Management which provides you training in finances, management, and business operations

At the end, you decision of choosing a best culinary school also plays a very vital role. Therefore, before you select the culinary school make sure it has all of the following.

A proven history of high graduation and employment rates.
Alumna with successful careers along with smart salaries.
Good and successful alumni networks.

Today it might be very possible that the most respected or greatest chefs possibly have never enrolled themselves into a culinary school. They actually got their fame and positions due to their talent and good work, but yet it is important to understand that have a good knowledge of the field always pays you well. A proper training and education from a good and renowned culinary school can help you propel and enjoy to bigger opportunities in the future of culinary industry.

Culinary Online Learning Program

In recent times with the rise in living standards and the growth of restaurants, the demand for the culinary artists has boomed dramatically. Today, these professionals are paid heftily for their service and so many young students are looking forward to attain a degree in the culinary arts.

Wide Career Prospects

The career prospect in the field of culinary art is very wide and there are several areas of focus. Attaining a degree in culinary arts or culinary degree lets you choose from an amazing number of cook positions. These jobs range from fast food cooks to the high end restaurants or dining outlets. There are numerous other profiles like Test Kitchen Chef or Food Writer that you can carry once you complete your culinary art course. If you have leadership skills and enjoy carrying a little more responsibility in the workplace, then Head Chef can be the position that is meant just for you. As Head Chef, you can enjoy more control over menu selections, preparation styles and ingredients, and other aspects of the culinary arts.

These days many culinary businesses hire specialists to handle the job. So, as a Menu Planner you can do exactly what you might think, which is to plan out a menu. Apart from this, if you are good in baking and cake decorations, you can choose to work as a bakeshop attendant. There are many positions ranging from chef to manger in the field of culinary art. A culinary degree allows career goers plenty of flexibility, but at the end the success in the field of culinary arts largely depends on proper training and practice.

Learning Platforms

Culinary art is a skill that could be learned from various cooking schools. There are a number of smaller cooking schools located in small towns that work with one of the larger schools. Many community colleges offer programs in the food arts field, which in turn can help you learn basic skills before moving forward in this career. Apart from this, you can also receive a culinary degree through a distance learning or online program. It might sound hard to believe, but these online culinary or distance learning culinary programs are gaining huge response. Online schools offering this type of program works quite well and has gained more enrolling ratio of students in last few years. Many online cooking schools are providing the facility to watch online pictures of recipes and videos of cooking techniques. This new type of teaching food arts online is quickly becoming one of the famous ways of obtaining a culinary degree.

Online degrees in culinary provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge for the position while building up your experience along your career path. Once you complete your online culinary program, you get to learn about food preparation, cost management, food purchasing, selection and storage, and menu planning.

The best advantage of going for an online culinary program is that it allows you to keep moving up in the business world while making yourself more qualified for future opportunities at the same time. Besides this, you do not have to complete your course in a water-tight study schedule. You can easily study at your own speed and appear for exams when you think you are ready.


No doubt the career field in the culinary arts is a booming sector with a good projection increment in the job demands. Your decision to choose your career in this profession is definitely right. Certainly a degree from a culinary institute will not only pay for itself, but also improve and advance your to a higher level.

Learn to Cook With a Weekend Culinary Class

Learning to Prepare Foods
When you attend the weekend culinary schools, you learn how to prepare foods. You learn how to develop your cooking skills to meet the demand for executive chefs. You will learn the fundamentals of preparing foods and how to prepare a menu. While you are attending the weekend culinary classes, you will also learn about wines and the palate. As you learn more about preparing foods, you will also become more focused on the knowledge of the heritage and history of fine cuisine. You discover more about just cooking, you learn about the foods and culture. As you learn to prepare foods, you will see that cooking is an art all its own.

How to Present Foods
Presenting the foods is a part of the weekend culinary curriculum. Becoming a chef is not just about planning menus, preparing foods and knowing the different wines that enhance the palates taste. It is about presenting the foods in a way that looks appealing. Adding color to foods with garnishes is important when you are a professional chef. Once you see how to prepare and present your dish, you will understand the process of appeasing the palate. This is important for any chef, whether you work in a fine dining kitchen or a diner type restaurant.

Gourmet Cuisine
As a weekend culinary student, you will learn about the gourmet cuisine. You learn about the history of gourmet cuisine and how it is prepared and served. Before you can become a chef, you have to understand the foods from other countries and how to prepare foods that people will enjoy. Weekend culinary schools make this possible. You will know more about foods than what you learn in your kitchen. You will be able to prepare some of the finest cuisines from around the world.

If you enjoy cooking and preparing different foods for family and friends, it might just be your calling. You may want to enroll in a weekend culinary school [] to learn more about preparing foods and you will learn about the different wines and how to use them in foods as well as how to serve them with meals. You learn about the history of foods and the history of gourmet cuisine and the heritage of cuisine. Cooking can be exciting, but when you take your level of cooking one-step farther, you will appreciate cooking more. Weekend culinary schools will enhance your way of preparing foods.

Do you love to cook? Have you always wanted to go to Italian culinary school but you weren’t sure if you were up for the challenge? Have you always been curious about what you will learn in an Italian culinary school that you wouldn’t learn in a “regular” Italian cooking class in your home town? Do you love to cook but aren’t sure if Italian culinary school is right for you? will help you decide!

Culinary Schools – How to Choose an Excellent Culinary School?

Culinary schools play a very important role for you once you have made a decision to pursue a career in culinary arts. Every culinary school provides varied training aspects and course components. Finding out all about prospective culinary schools is a must, in order to find one that meets your needs. I have gathered a large number of culinary schools and put together their information for you in a clear and concise webpage. This service is free-of-charge for our dear readers and it is accessible through our link below.

Here are 4 things to consider when choosing excellent culinary schools:

Set your goals – This is the most vital part. The culinary school you choose and the areas that you decide to specialize in will lead to different career paths. Why did you choose to pursue a career in culinary arts? Is it to become a hotel manager, executive chef, or pastry artist? Perhaps you might want to become the owner of your own bakery? Be clear on your goals and this will help you choose the right culinary school to bring you closer to your hopes and dreams.

Do your research – Look for schools which has the right specialties; some excel in management courses, while others may have culinary arts or patisserie related prizes and awards. Examine the reputation of the culinary programs offered and quality of professional teaching staff. Reputation of the faculty is also something that will help you choose from the many culinary schools. Remember, the Le Cordon Bleu degree is definitely worth the effort to handpick the best culinary school.

Location – Compare culinary schools from your locality and other locations as well. Deciding the location may determine your chances of securing a favored externship or even job opportunities. Feel free to visit the school and gain a feel of the campus. Knowing that you will be spending quite some time there, choose a campus that you like. Keep in mind that culinary schools based in larger cities, naturally offer more opportunities and choices. High-quality culinary schools also offer more chances of securing a position in prestigious restaurants and hotels.

Accreditation – Good culinary schools take great effort in ensuring that their facilities, curriculum and faculties meet national accreditation standards. Check that the culinary school is accredited and follows national standards. This is usually done via the Department of Education, but may be different from state to state.

Many culinary school graduates end up working in many different positions in hotels, restaurants, bakeries and so on. As long as you are clear on what you want to achieve and pick the right culinary schools. You are on your way to success.

Career Spotlight – Culinary Arts

Culinary arts is a great field of work to get into. It is diverse and allows you to use your creative streak. There are also many career opportunities awaiting you both after you graduate and after you have some experience. You will need to attend a culinary school or a college offering culinary arts courses.

There are so many culinary arts schools and more seem to be popping up. The demand for people who are good with food is high so you should have no problem finding work upon graduation. There are so many different places you can work including hotel, restaurants, cruise ships, schools and many more places. Wherever there is food being cooked there is demand for culinary professionals.

Some popular culinary arts schools in the USA include:

Lincoln College of Technology
The Culinary Institute of America
The Culinary Institute of Canada
California School of Culinary Arts Pasadena
Orlando Culinary Academy
Texas Culinary Academy
Pennsylvania Culinary Institute
The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago
Le Cordon Bleu College Of Culinary Arts
The Restaurant School, Philadelphia

In the UK one of the most recognized schools is the School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology in Dublin, Ireland. There is also the prestigious and relatively new International Centre for Culinary Arts in Dubai.

As a culinary artist you will be required to prepare meals as well as make them look pleasing. You may also be employed by food magazines to make up plates of food for presentations. There is now high demand for this type of work.

Some culinary schools focus specifically on certain aspects of pastry, corporate dining, event dining and many other niches. This provides an exciting opportunity to get experienced in a particular field so that your job search can be more focused. So if you can hone your skills in one area then you will be more employable and can command a higher salary even as a junior.

Other jobs that you can undertake after completing a culinary arts degree or certificate is a chef, sales person, teacher, food stylist, self employment and many other roles. There truly are now barriers in this wide and diverse field.

The culinary industry is growing all the time so there has never been a better time to get qualified and start seeking work in the culinary arts.

The Career Opportunities With Online Restaurant & Culinary Degrees

Hospitality field has become one of the popular career fields that grow rapidly recent years especially in Restaurant & Culinary areas. Competition is now fierce for well paid culinary and restaurant positions. If you are interested to enter this type of profession and working in higher-class establishment, then you can greatly benefit from online restaurant and culinary degree.

Online degrees in restaurant and culinary cover in many areas; some are focus on general management while others have specialties in certain areas. But, in general, an online restaurant and culinary degree will prepare you with required skills and knowledge to enjoy a successful career in this field. As the field covers a wide area, you need to be sure your area of interest or the position you want to go into before you decide which restaurant or culinary degree to enroll into.

Some of the areas covered in restaurant and culinary degree including but not least to food service management, restaurant management, communication presentation, baking & cooking techniques and many other foundation that can help your career along, whether you intend to start your career in front desk service or backend hospitality industry. Depending on the majors or specialties of your selection in restaurant & culinary degree, among the famous careers in this field are: chef, restaurant or cake house manager, food service manager in hotel or cruises, be employed in food industry or you even can choose to start your own career in food or restaurant field.

You need both experience, the necessary skills & knowledge in food preparation, cooking techniques and food decoration & presentation to help you be a successful chef. Online degree in Culinary provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge for the position while building up your experience along your career path.

In conjunction with the growth of traveling industry, cruises, tourism spots, entertainment & accommodation places will require expertise in restaurant & culinary for food preparation for the visitors. Hence, beside the standard hospitality industries, you will find many careers opportunities specially related to traveling.

What can you expect to earn in a restaurant & culinary career? The wages of chef, cooks and other food service and preparation career vary depending on geographic location but in general working in an elegant restaurant and food industry generally produces a higher salary. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the US Department of Labor, you can expect to earn $12 to $27 per hour depending on the job position and area of your career focus.

Either you plan to make a career switch from other field to culinary or restaurant specific, or you plan to start your career in this field, online restaurant & culinary degree program can be your best option as it allows you to earn your degree online while maintaining your current lifestyle or existing job. Especially, if you are a working individual who have a tight working schedule, you can greatly benefit from the online education advantages such as study at your own pace and attend the online classes from anywhere, including if you are on travel due to job assignment.


Many career opportunities are waiting for you if you are interested to start your career in restaurant and culinary field. Online restaurant & culinary degree programs can prepare you to make your career success in this area.

Culinary Arts Courses – The Real Deal To Becoming A Master Cook And Having Fun While Cooking

If you are new to cooking or just want learn more or improve your skills, then a culinary arts course could be a great idea. There are many different types of courses that can be offered. If you are looking for a holiday and want to improve you cooking then there are some great courses offered in Europe. You could be cooking in a French chateau, learning the rustic French cooking that is so beloved of food writers, or even the more formal restaurant style that will make your dinner parties great.

There are also some wonderful small cookery schools in Italy. Is there anything better than spending a week learning how to cook traditional italian food in a small moutain village and then getting to eat it while sharing ideas with your fellow pupils over a glass of the local wine. If you look around then many of these culinary arts courses are not that expensive either. But it is a good idea to make sure that it is small school that you are booking. That way it will be a much more fun and you will get more attention from the owners.

But if you do not want to go to a cookery school you can still improve you skills from the comfort of your own home. There are a lot of really great culinary arts courses that are available as a correspondence course. Some of them are by mail order, but there are also a lot that are available over the Internet. This is a great way to learn as you are not just getting a list of recipes as you are with a recipe book, but are rather just getting the information that you need to do each segment of the course. This makes it a lot easier to learn than if you have all of the information at once. If it is a good course then you should be able to ask questions of your teachers if you have any problems.

Both ways of learning have a lot to recommend them and it is really a matter of opinion as to which is the best for you. If you going on a culinary arts course is not only a great way to learn to cook but it is good fun as well. Whether you do a correspondence course or a cookery holiday, you will have a lot of fun and your cooking will get a lot better very quickly as well.