Three respectable schools that offer courses and degrees in culinary management include The Art Institutes, the Institute of Culinary Education and Le Cordon Bleu. The Art Institutes features campuses all over the United States as well as online programs, while the Institute of Culinary Education operates out of its ICE Brookfield Place facility in Lower Manhattan, New York. Le Cordon Bleu offers both online classes and the ability to study at campuses across the United States.
Those seeking careers in culinary management learn a wide array of skills that pertain to both the front and back of house, including leadership within the kitchen environment, managing wait staff, and maintaining an organized team that encourages repeat business for restaurants and catering services. Students learn how to use sales and marketing techniques to drive business to their eateries and deal with vendors and suppliers while maintaining a firm budget and positive cash flow.
In addition to learning management techniques, students also learn culinary techniques, food history and related cultural expectations, and advanced skills that pertain to pairing wine and spirits with specific foods. Interspersed with all the technical and culinary skills, students also learn how best to deal with interpersonal relationships within the workplace and how to encourage each worker to do his best.
Some careers made possible by a degree in culinary management include chef, sous chef, chef instructor and executive chef. Those wishing to operate more behind the scenes often opt for careers in general restaurant management and kitchen manager positions.