Culinary Arts

Available on the Vincennes campus

As a Culinary Arts major at VU, you will be responsible for preparing menus served to various groups who either work on campus or are visiting our campus. You will also be involved in a number of off- campus projects. In past years, classes have undertaken such projects as:

Awards for Excellence - Students prepare and serve an elegant reception to state leaders in Capitol Building.
Friday Evening Feasts - Students prepare delicious international and regional cuisine for the public.
Interns and Apprenticeships - Students have traveled to Disney World, the Glacier National Park, and even France to perfect their craft.

Employment Opportunities

Although it will take you several years of work experience to become a recognized finished cook or chef, this program will qualify you for an entry-level position as a first cook, second cook, chef junior assistant, sauce cook, pastry cook, or sous chef trainee, among others. You can work in resorts, casual themed restaurants, hospitals, or an assisted living facility. Restaurants are around the globe. People want to eat at restaurants to experience variety and specialty menus.

An associate degree in culinary arts prepares you from a practical, hands-on approach. You will work in a lab kitchen environment every semester, starting with the basic cuts and sauces and finishing with a full-service dining experience where elegant meals are served in a first-class environment to actual guests.

Classes you will take include quantity food production, pastry and bake shop production, haute cuisine and speciality foods, menu planning, and supervision of the food facility.

VU Grads are Successful

Recent VU graduates have been employed by such establishments as the Petroleum Club in Evansville, the Sands Casino in Atlantic City, and the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis.

For more information, please contact:
Phyllis Richardson, Professor of Hotel Management, Culinary Arts
Phone: 812-888-5741

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