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Spice Up Your Life With a Career in Culinary Arts

by Tim Brunicardi on August 15, 2018

Qualified culinary arts professionals are currently in high demand; however, becoming a member of this profession requires more than just a passion for cooking and baking. The following blog explains some of the physical requirements, what employers are looking for, and what your job opportunities will be should you decide to follow this career path.

Are There Any Physical Requirements?


Anyone seriously interested in becoming a culinary arts professional should possess the following physical assets:

  • Physical stamina & strength
  • Keen sense of smell & taste
  • Excellent eyesight & hearing
  • Excellent personal hygiene habits

What Are Employers Looking For?

The following qualities represent what the majority of food service-based employers look for in potential employees:

  • Professionalism
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to be a team player
  • Able to work under pressure & time restraints
  • Creativity in both creating cuisine and problem-solving
  • Commitment to quality and excellence
  • Dependability
  • Flexibility
  • Strong math skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills

What About the Job Opportunities?


Qualified culinary arts professionals can find employment at any of the following job sites:

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Casinos
  • Catering companies
  • Colleges & universities
  • Cruise ships
  • Hospitals
  • Public or private schools
  • Institutions
  • Resorts
  • Food trucks
  • Professional bakeries
  • Entrepreneurial endeavors such as farmer’s markets, becoming a private chef, or giving private cooking lessons

Where Can I Get a Culinary Arts Degree?

Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio has a program that offers students the chance to obtain an Associate of Applied Business in Culinary Arts in only two years.

To find out more about the program, visit the Hocking College’s Culinary Arts program page online, or contact the Culinary Arts Program Manager, Susanna Krutsch, directly at krutschs@hocking.edu.

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