If you’ve been trying to decide whether or not it’s right for you, your passion, and your career to pursue a college or university that focuses on the liberal arts or attend a cooking or culinary school, this quick guide shows you the major differences between the two.
This is done to hopefully give you the “inside information” you’re looking for to make the right decision, a decision that will have impact on your life for years and years to come!
What is the difference between liberal arts and culinary arts?
There is a world of difference between the liberal arts and culinary arts, even if it may not seem like there is much of a difference on the surface.
After all, liberal arts is mostly used as a “umbrella” or “catchall” designation for specific areas of study and do not fit some of the more specialized fields of study like the sciences, math, and other degree programs.
Liberal arts programs can be beneficial if you are interested in pursuing a career down that path, but as far as a career in the culinary world is concerned they just aren’t going to cut it. Obviously, if you have a liberal arts degree and then decide to attend a culinary school we’re talking about something completely different.
Is culinary arts considered liberal arts?
If you’ve been wondering whether or not culinary arts are considered liberal arts, hopefully the above information gives you the extra insight you need to understand that they aren’t one in the same – though some people certainly try to lump them into gather.
In reality, culinary arts share much more similarities to the math, science, and engineering side of advanced and higher educational opportunities because of all the science that goes into fundamentals of cooking.
Should cooking school be considered liberal arts as far as education is concerned?
This is quite an interesting question, and really comes down to how you feel about the culinary arts world in particular and whether or not it has a place integrated in with the rest of the liberal arts.
Most people are quite happy with the set up as it is arranged today, with culinary arts schools, institutes, and universities hosting their own programs with their own resources, and liberal arts solutions doing the same thing.
If I am interested in entering the culinary field, should I attend liberal arts school?
If you are interested in pursuing a culinary education, you’re going to want to find the right culinary school in your local area (or the best culinary school nationally), as a liberal arts school or a liberal arts program may not be able to deliver you the kind of foundational education you are searching for. For example, at NECI, you “learn by living it.” This means that you learn culinary skills in a real restaurant kitchen with real customers. This will not only prepare you for the everyday demands of a culinary career, but it will also make you a more desirable candidate when applying for culinary jobs (just see what Tom Colicchio had to say about NECI graduates). At NECI, we also offer courses to teach you the business acumen that is specific to the culinary field. Running a restaurant and handling its finances is quite different than any other business. Because of our vast network of culinary alumni, we also have the resources to help you find employment when you’ve graduated from NECI.
If you’d like more information about a culinary education at NECI, give us a call or send us an email.
Phone 877-223-6324 or 802-223-6324