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Culinary Arts

What Culinary Artists Do

Culinary arts professionals have a variety of responsibilities that may include supervising and coordinating the activities of food service workers or dining room employees, planning menus, estimating daily or weekly needs, ordering and maintaining inventories of supplies and equipment, and keeping records of meals served.

Work Environment

Culinary arts professionals work in restaurants, schools, hospitals, private households, and other places where food is served. They often work early mornings, late evenings, holidays and weekends. The majority work full time.

How to Become a Culinary Arts Professional

Most culinary arts professionals acquire their skills through work experience or long-term on-the-job training. Many others, however, receive formal training at a community college, technical school, culinary arts school, or a four year college.


The median annual wage of a culinary artist was $40,630 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment of culinary arts professionals is projected to experience little or no change from 2010 to 2020. Although overall job opportunities are expected to be good, competition is expected to be high for jobs at upscale restaurants, hotels, and casinos, where the pay tends to be greater.

Quick Facts: Culinary Artists
2010 Median Pay $40,630 per year
Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2010 100,600
Job Outlook, 2010-20 1% growth rate

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