There are many reasons to go to culinary art school. Maybe you want to take it up as a career or perhaps you want to improve the quality of food at home. In either case, you need a course in culinary arts and the following are some subjects you will study:
*Nutrition: How many times have you been confused by the nutritional contents of the product? The packet tells you it has only ‘trans fats’, but what is this? It says it has low salt content but then you see various ‘sodiums’ listed on the pack. How do you tell the difference? This is what nutrition teaches you in culinary school, so the next time you buy a product you won’t be fooled, or confused.
*Applied Chemistry: What you learn is applied chemistry, not the kind involving formulae and elements. You will learn how different types of vegetables and meats react with each other to change and boost the taste and quality of the ingredients in a dish. Learning how different food types react with each other and applying them is what makes a good chef a great one.
*Spices and seasoning: Most people are not adventurous enough to move past seasoning their food with salt and pepper and some basic herbs. That is because they don’t understand spices. In culinary school you will be taught how to use spices, how to combine them to get the best flavor out of them.
*Presentation: If you have ever eaten in a diner, you will notice that the cook is not very particular about how he presents a dish to you. At culinary school you will learn that arranging food on a plate is an art and that a beautifully presented dish is what makes the difference between diner/deli food and the pleasure of fine-dining.
*Wines: If you want to be a chef, you have to know your wines. This is also an art that you will learn at culinary school. You will be taught about the various subtleties in flavor and how to choose particular wines for particular dishes. It is one of the most important things you need to know if you want to make a career in the food industry.
So, no matter if you want to pursue cooking as a career or a hobby or just learn how to cook nutritious meals for your family, signing up for culinary school can help you learn a few things that will enhance your skills.