Culinary Arts Degree 

A Culinary Arts Degree Infused With Comprehensive Culinary Classes     

If you have an interest in culinary arts programs in Chicago, Robert Morris University Illinois has a highly respected culinary arts degree to help students achieve future goals. Teaching both classic and modern cooking styles, our culinary classes emphasize many aspects of the food industry such as cooking styles, food preparation, safety and sanitation, and nutrition. RMU’s culinary school professors will educate students on key work habits needed to succeed in the culinary industry with emphasis on professionalism, technique, speed and timeliness, organization, and teamwork. The Culinary Degree program equips students with the knowledge and experience needed to be successful; whether you are running your own restaurant, managing and operating the front or back of the house, or event planning. 

RMU’s Culinary School Provides Students an Advanced Culinary Degree

RMU’s Associate and Bachelor’s in Culinary Arts Degrees provide the professional experience needed to be prepared for the industry’s global competitive environment. Utilizing experienced-based learning, culinary school students will supplement their classroom academics with real-world experience, outside internships and integration projects.

The Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts focuses on a culinary degree where future chefs are taught by industry professionals using techniques that are current and trending in restaurants here and around the country. Students will obtain the skills needed to provide professional chef and related cooking services in restaurants and other commercial food venues. The coursework places emphasis on mastery of culinary skills and techniques as well as basic managerial concepts applicable to food service establishments.

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Advanced Culinary Arts allows students to sharpen the culinary skills learned in the first two academic years and incorporate new techniques that will be utilized in the food industry. In conjunction with their advancement in the culinary arts programs, students will also receive upper level hospitality training that will allow them to manage and operate any food service operation from both the front and back of the house and will be given the tools to one day possibly own their own business. In addition, culinary classes include the opportunity to explore the pastry world through advanced baking and pastry courses.

Culinary Arts Programs That Equips Students With the Tools To Succeed

At Robert Morris University’s culinary arts programs, students can master advanced culinary techniques that apply to many styles of cuisine. With RMU’s main campus in the heart of downtown Chicago, culinary students will learn their craft amongst hundreds of world renowned restaurants and hotels. Students will also have the opportunity to further their skills with a dual degree option which will open the doors to executive positions in the industry. This accelerated degree program allows students the opportunity to earn both their undergraduate Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree and Masters in Management Degree at the same time. Students who enter this honors program can finish both degrees in 4.5 years as opposed to 6-7 years, saving both time and money. Students with an MM Degree will enhance their career opportunities after graduation.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects Chef and Head Cook occupations to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Graduates with a culinary degree from RMU will have a wide range of job possibilities waiting for them including an Executive Chef, Sous Chef, Pastry Chef, Caterer, Food and Beverage Director, Kitchen Manager, Front of House Manager, and Restaurant Owner.

  • Meat & Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Baking & Pastry
  • Restaurant Trends
  • Restaurant A la Carte
  • American Cuisine
  • Taste of the World
  • Menu Management
  • Restaurant Operations Management
Bon Appetit Art Institute/Chicago
Cantigny Wheaton, IL
The Chicago Club Chicago
Cress Creek Ctry Club Naperville, IL
Doughs Boys Bakery Palos Heights, IL
Emmett’s Tavern Locations in NW Suburbs
George Jewell Chicago
Hilton Garden Inn Tinley Park, IL
Holiday Inn Tinley Park, IL
Lucky Strike Chicago
Mr. Benny’s Steak Mokena, IL
Siena Tavern
  • Executive Chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Corporate Chef
  • Pastry Chef
  • Personal/Private Chef
  • Line, Grill or Prep Cook
  • Baker
  • Caterer
  • Food and Beverage Director
  • Food Truck Operator
  • Kitchen Manager
  • Front of House Manager
  • Restaurant Owner

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“RMU’s Pop-up Restaurant Series provides an encapsulating experience for culinary students. They have complete autonomy over the concept, menu, design, and flow of their very own pop-up restaurant. Students learn the importance of quick-response decision making, meeting strict deadlines, the vision and mission behind a start-up business, menu development, budgeting, and managing a team. This is a true capstone experience for our culinary students!”

 Brad Hindsley, MCFE, MBA
Division Chair Culinary Arts

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