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What kind of educational background do I need to begin pursuing culinary education? Do I need previous college experience?

Every culinary education program has its own unique set of requirements. Most programs only require a high school diploma or GED to begin, and some do not require either. In order to enroll in the UT Culinary Certificate Program, you must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.


What kind of work experience would be helpful before enrolling in a culinary education program?

If you’re interested in beginning a career in the foodservice industry, you have to start somewhere. Culinary education programs are meant to teach you the skills you need to become a great chef; so while having some previous kitchen experience is beneficial, it is neither required nor necessary in order to perform well in the program. The most important thing you need is a passion for food, people, and learning.


How can I finance the cost of my culinary education?

Financial aid varies depending on the culinary institution. The UT Culinary Certificate Program offers several different financing and payment options, including the Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan and our Deferred Payment Plan. If you’re eligible for education benefits through the GI Bill, you can apply them toward your culinary certificate with little to no out-of-pocket cost to you.


What kind of job can I get after I graduate?

When you graduate with a culinary certificate, you will have several career opportunities available to you. Become a food truck chef/owner, open your own catering business, or work you way up the ladder as a sous chef. Though an immediate job is not a guarantee, our chefs will continue to mentor and help you as you discover your own path toward a culinary career.



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