Coursework: Culinary Institute

Program: Culinary Institute

Focus: Based in the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, the Culinary Institute prepares students for dynamic jobs in the food industry through partnerships and real-world practice.

Partnership: A concentration in culinary arts was created for Pellissippi State Community College students in the Associate of Applied Science degree program, allowing them to be taught by UT’s culinary faculty and chef instructors.

Taught by: Experienced chefs certified through the American Culinary Federation.

In Class: Students plan, prepare, and serve unique upscale food to UT groups and visitors to the university using, in part, herbs and vegetables grown in a garden behind the UT Visitors Center.

Sustainability: The institute works in cooperation with UT sustainability programs to compost any waste made during the cooking process.

Ready for the World Café: This senior-level class exposes students to planning and executing all facets of a dining experience with a focus on international cuisine. The meal is served to eighty paying guests each week and is open to the public.

Something for Everyone: Community members can take culinary classes, including canning and freezing, baking, and educational beer and wine classes.

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