Different types of cooking courses often required for a culinary degree include food safety and sanitation, developments in nutrition, basic techniques, and advanced cooking strategies. Students can also take courses related to the hospitality industry or specialty cooking classes in subjects such as pastries, baking and cake decorating.
Cooking classes may also focus on vegan and vegetarian cooking; gluten-free, low-fat and sugar-free cooking; and preparing for holidays, social events and large groups. Individuals can also opt to take courses on grilling, deep-dish oven entrées, stovetop cooking and cooking safety. Many cooking courses specialize in cultural dishes that may include a tour of Italy with demonstrations on Italian dishes or a Mexican Fiesta with hands-on instruction of how to make authentic Mexican cuisine.
Course platforms vary and may include hands-on instruction in an industrial-sized kitchen, lecture classes in a classroom, and online or video tutorials. Individuals seeking a culinary degree may need to take general education courses in the sciences to prepare for a course curriculum in cooking. Cooking classes are often available at colleges, universities, community centers, recreational facilities, local restaurants, and special events and expositions. Cooking supply and department stores may also feature one-day or weekend workshops on various cooking techniques.