What You Should Expect Before Classes Begin

We’ve found that students who are aware of what the UT Culinary & Catering Program entails before enrolling get the most out of their experience and perform better overall. So, before making that final commitment, here are three things you should know:

1. How Much Time Should I Expect to Invest in the Program?

At the UT Culinary & Catering Program, we offer three 12-week sessions each year, starting in September, January, and June. Our students invest 400 hours during those 12 weeks (or roughly 33 hours per week) in order to fully benefit from our program.

Read How Long is Culinary School? to see how our program compares to others nationwide.

UT Culinary & Catering Student Prepares Lunch Event2. What Will I Learn in the Program?

The UT Culinary & Catering Program will prepare you for a number of career paths in the food industry. Our program is hands-on, and we use live catering events to give our students the opportunity to practice the skills taught in our professional kitchen.

Below we’ve listed many of the things we’ll teach you, but some of the most valuable lessons you’ll learn on your own.

  • Proper food safety and sanitation
  • Basic knife skills
  • Scratch stocks and sauces preparation
  • Butchery and fabrication of meats
  • Bread and pastry baking
  • Health cooking
  • Gluten-free and substitution cooking
  • International cuisines
  • Mystery basket competition tactics
  • Ice carving
  • Food cost controls
  • Catering event management
  • À la carte restaurant operations
  • Mobile food truck operations

3. How is the UT Culinary & Catering Program Involved in the Community?

We believe community is an important part of what we do. We promote teamwork among our student chefs and strongly encourage them to reach out whenever possible. Almost all of our catering events are open to the public, and we host a service luncheon at least once every session, like this one for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Cooking with the best is one of the best ways to perfect a technique you’ve had trouble mastering, so we invite accomplished chefs to teach specialized classes. We’ve also partnered with corporate and local vendors and food businesses to help you network. Many of our students already have a job lined up before they graduate.

If you’re interested in learning more about our program, please join us for an information session. We would love to show you around and answer any questions you may have. Register today online or by contacting Pam Quick at quickp@utk.edu or 865-974-3181.