Dorsey Culinary Academy in Michigan
With the rise of popular food shows and cooking competitions over the past few years, culinary training has become a more popular career choice. Are you ready to turn up the heat on a new career in this exciting field? Dorsey Schools of Michigan has the ingredients that can help you succeed in launching your new cooking career. Dorsey Schools provides perfectly blended career training that is designed to help students launch their new cooking career in the culinary field.
Students in the Culinary Arts Program can “learn by doing” while being exposed to the practical side of professional food preparation. The culinary arts training program includes an externship component during the last module that is designed to provide students with hands-on industry-specific experience that models real world occupational settings. This type of experience is designed to help enhance the student’s learning experience during their culinary training as well as provide them with an opportunity to further prepare for their cooking career.
Reasons to Pursue Culinary Arts Training
For those who have a true passion for cooking, there are various reasons why someone would wish to pursue culinary arts training. For many, they may pursue culinary arts training because they have no formal cooking experience. In cases like this, choosing culinary arts at a cooking school may make sense. For those who pursue this path, attending culinary arts training gives them the opportunity to build their knowledge and skills from the ground up. Culinary arts training can provide them with the practical and hands-on experience they need to take their love of cooking to the next level.
Others may pursue culinary arts training to strengthen their credentials in the field already. It’s not uncommon for those who may already be working in a restaurant to go back to school to obtain some additional training in a structured setting. Those on this path are often interested in sharpening their skills and improving their current opportunities for upward mobility within the culinary industry. In this specific case, the student may have some “foundation” knowledge that they learned on the job, but they seek to supplement that with more formalized training.
When it comes to culinary schools in Michigan, there are different types of culinary programs and culinary schools available. Some culinary arts training programs may take in upwards of two or four years to complete, while other programs can be completed in just one year. Here at Dorsey Schools, we have skillfully designed our culinary arts training program to be completed in just one year. This allows students to complete their training in a short amount of time while only taking career-focused classes. Choosing from various culinary programs or Michigan culinary schools can be tricky, so it is important that you look at a variety of factors during your decision making process so you pick the one that will be the best fit for you and your goals.
Some skills you can learn while pursuing Culinary Arts training from Dorsey Schools are as follows:
- Mise en place
- Knife Skills
- Various Cooking Techniques
- Cake decorating
- Flavor development
- Healthy cooking techniques
- Menu planning
- Menu costing
- Inventory control
- …and more!
A Career In Culinary Arts – Be Happier Doing What You Love
There’s a lot going on in the culinary industry that screams positivity. In addition, it’s important for anyone to feel personally and professionally fulfilled in their occupation. For those truly passionate about working with food, a career in culinary arts could be a catalyst to help you channel your creativity and enthusiasm. That creativity and enthusiasm can then help lead you towards a fulfilling and exciting career in culinary arts. Your passion for the culinary arts will be a great help in driving you to succeed, but proper training is an essential part as the starting point of your career in culinary arts.
Careers in Culinary Arts
When you think about careers in the culinary arts, there are many things to consider. First, one may wonder what types of entry-level cooking careers are available in the culinary industry. Generally speaking, entry-level culinary careers can be found anywhere food is prepared or served. This may include:
Similarly, one may ask about the types of culinary jobs that may be available for entry-level culinary arts graduates. Here are some examples of potential employment opportunities for students who have completed their culinary arts training:
- Rounds Cook
- Line Cook
- Backline Cook
- Banquet Cook
- Breakfast Cook
- Fry Cook
- Grill Cook
- Prep Cook
For those looking to advance their career in the culinary field, it’s important to keep experience in mind. The culinary industry places great emphasis on experience. That said, if your goal is to become a chef, it’s unlikely that someone new to the industry or recently out of culinary school will be prepared for this type of culinary job, however, with training and experience, one can continue to pursue advancement in their culinary industry over time.
Below, we review the details of the Culinary Arts diploma program at Dorsey Schools, so you know what to expect as you begin your training:
- The culinary arts diploma program is designed to be completed in just one year!
- Class sizes in the culinary arts diploma program are small in order to provide an individualized experience.
- Students in the culinary arts diploma program will have the opportunity to work with local ingredients and can learn international styles and cuisines.
- An externship is included during the last module of training in the culinary arts diploma program, The externship allows students to apply what they’ve learned in a real-world culinary environment.
- The Culinary Arts diploma program at Dorsey Schools is programmatically accredited by The Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF).
The Culinary Arts Training Program at Dorsey is designed to help students prepare to work in professional food service facilities. Instruction during the culinary arts training program takes several forms. First, students can benefit from in-class instruction. Students will also have the chance to work “hands-on” in the industry-current kitchens on campus. Students enrolled in the Culinary Arts Training Program will also have access to professional culinary equipment as part of their training. The culinary arts training program covers a variety of topics to help provide students with a well-rounded education. Topics covered in the culinary arts training program include butchering, baking and pastry, culinary fundamentals, safety and sanitation, menu planning, cooking techniques, food preparation, and much more.
In addition, as part of the culinary arts training program, students will be eligible to challenge two certification exams. Professional certifications can enhance the prospect of securing and maintaining employment in the culinary field. During the culinary arts training program, students will have the opportunity to challenge the ServSafe certification test as well as the NRAEF Nutrition certification test.
The Culinary Arts Program at Dorsey Schools is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation.
Courses You Can Take While Training in our Culinary Arts Program:
Dorsey Schools’ Culinary Arts Program is designed to prepare students with necessary skills when trying to enter and/or advance in the culinary industry. The culinary classes included in the program have been carefully designed to provide students with opportunities to develop and enhance their skills. Here are some examples of the types of culinary classes you will take during our culinary arts program:
- Culinary Fundamentals
- Culinary Skills
- Nutrition and Purchasing Fundamentals
- Culinary Specialties: Bakeshop and Healthy Cooking
- Food Service Operations
- Culinary Specialties: Catering, Regional and International Cooking
- Culinary Externship
Take the First Step in Pursuing a Career in Culinary Arts. Requesting culinary arts information is easy and requires no long-term commitments or obligations. Simply fill out the form and a Dorsey Schools admissions representative will get back to you shortly.
No matter where your interests lie within the culinary field, there are a variety of opportunities waiting for you to help launch your culinary career. Consider all the things that interest you when it comes to cooking – this can further help you determine where you may wish to work and what type of work you may wish to pursue once you complete your training.
Do you feel most comfortable in the kitchen? Does the thought of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients excite you? Do you want to be an important part of the overall operation of a restaurant or hotel? If so, training for a new career in the fields of either the culinary arts or hospitality at Dorsey Schools may be for you.
The Culinary Arts program is offered at the following Dorsey Schools campus locations:
Culinary Arts Program – Gainful Employment Disclosures
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Are you looking to take individual cooking classes in Michigan? If you’re only looking for one or two classes here and there or interested in picking up only a few tips and tricks, Dorsey Schools can help you with this as well. Our Waterford-Pontiac, MI campus, in conjunction with Rochester Community Schools, offers individual cooking classes. These cooking classes are open to the public and attendees will receive a chef’s hat, a t-shirt, and recipes to take home with them from class. You can learn more about the individual cooking classes offered at the Waterford-Pontiac, MI campus as well as find details on how to register.