Utah has more than 20 public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities. Two of these schools, Salt Lake Community College and Utah Valley University, offer degree programs in the culinary arts. Students may choose to earn an associate's degree from either of the schools; Utah Valley additionally offers a bachelor's degree in the field. Students in such programs practice hands-on skills in kitchen laboratories; some programs additionally provide fieldwork experiences or internships to allow students to work in live kitchens.
Below is a brief overview of each of these schools and a table comparing each school's programs offerings and tuition.
Salt Lake Community College
Salt Lake Community College's Culinary Institute, located on its Miller Campus in Sandy, operates in partnership with the Utah Restaurant Association. The institute has numerous classrooms as well as electric and gas kitchens, a demonstration kitchen, a computer lab and a dining room. Students can expect a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on laboratory practice, and complete a minimum of 2,000 hours of work experience. The institute's work experience requirement can be fulfilled by working in a food-preparation capacity in an establishment where more than half of the food is prepared from scratch. Up to 1,000 hours can be completed by registering for classes at the school's Utah Capitol Hill Complex. Graduates from the culinary arts program are eligible to receive the American Culinary Federation's Certified Culinarian credential.
Utah Valley University
Utah Valley University, located in Orem, offers a 68-credit associate's degree program in culinary arts. Students who wish to pursue a 4-year degree can earn a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management with a specialization in culinary arts or a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management with a food and beverages specialization. The university's Culinary Arts Institute offers limited enrollment; students must receive permission before enrolling in any cooking classes. Students can expect to take course in cooking skills development, culinary math, professional kitchen skills, pastry and baking skills, food and beverage controls, and dining room services in addition to earning ServSafe certification and completing an 8-hour internship.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Culinary Arts Degree Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Salt Lake Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts||$3,843 (in-state)*; $12,206 (out-of-state)*|
|Utah Valley University||4-year, public; small city|| Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts,
Bachelor of Science in Technology Management - culinary arts emphasis,
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management - food and beverage emphasis
|$5,726 (in-state)*; $16,296 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES, College Navigator.