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Third level culinary courses for a career with food

Want to know more about what culinary and food science courses are on offer?


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If you're passionate about food, love cooking and baking, or if you're curious about the way food is produced, there are a number of career options in the food industry that you could pursue. 

Find out more about college courses in culinary arts or food science to help you enter that career in the food industry.

College courses for a career with food

If you're wondering what sort of career path you could take to have a career in food, have a look at the list of third level courses below.

Culinary Arts

This degree combines practical kitchen work with culinary theory, critical thinking and problem solving. Working in a kitchen of a restaurant can be an extremely tough job. As a chef you have to ensure the food is top notch, that your kitchen is spotless, that your waiting staff are organised and your diners are satisfied.

Potential careers include:

  • Chef
  • caterer
  • hospitality management
  • food critics

Food Science

Interested in how our food is produced? If you are scientifically minded then a food science course offers you a fascinating insight into how the food that we take for granted everyday created and developed. There are elements of biology, chemistry and mathematics involved in food science and it also allows its graduates entry into the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

Potential careers include:

  • Food production
  • research and development

Nutrition and Dietetics

If you have an interest in biology and want to learn more about how food helps and hinders us then a course in food and nutrition could work for you. This course covers areas such as understanding complex dietary restrictions and how to help people become healthier by giving them tailored diet plans. 

Potential careers include:

  • Clinical nutritionist
  • dietician
  • research 

Bakery and Pastry Arts

If you're more interested in baking than becoming a chef, there are specific courses out there that focus on baking, including things like bread and cakes, as well as teaching the skills required for pastry arts.

Potential careers include:

  • Baker
  • dessert chef
  • pastry chef

Culinary Management

Running a restaurant is not for the faint-of-heart. Restaurant managers need to be charismatic, upbeat, organised and most importantly, they need to be able to be very calm under pressure. Learn everything from how to start-up an artisan bakery to how to promote great, local and organic produce by studying culinary entrepreneurship or culinary management.

Potential careers include:

  • Restaurant manager
  • shop owner
  • food and beverage company owner
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Published December 16th, 2014
Last updated August 14th, 2018
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