The recent explosion in food technology and the demand for gourmet, nutritious, safe,
convenient, and economical foods has created a new career opportunity called Culinology®.
Culinology® is a registered name of the Research Chef’s Association (RCA). Culinology® professionals define the future of food as they create high quality
convenience foods with sensory appeal. Culinology® blends the training of a culinary
arts chef with food science and nutrition education to form an exciting new field
that is highly desirable as a career choice.
What kind of training will I receive at Allan Hancock College?
As a student of the Culinology® program at Allan Hancock College you will receive
hands on training in our industrial kitchen. Our kitchen includes up to date commercial equipment that simulates working in a
As part of the Culinology® curriculum you will have the opportunity to gain direct
experience in food preparation by baking items sold at the Starry Skies coffee house
The Culinology® degree program will train you in food science, nutrition, and culinary arts, simultaneously. Allan Hancock College strives to create an understanding and respect
for the entire food continuum for optimum health and enjoyment.
Our chef, dietitian, food scientist, and health inspector instructors will share their
real life experiences with you while they mentor, coach, and facilitate your learning.
Internships are available at Lido in the Dolphin Bay Resort, the Santa Maria Inn,
the Radisson Hotel, and Root 246 in Solvang.
Why choose Culinology®?
The associate degree program at Allan Hancock College blends food science technology
with culinary art and nutrition. The creative artist and the inquisitive scientist
become one as culinary professionals lead the 21st Century culinary renaissance.
The associate in arts degree in Culinology® is transferable to Cal Poly, San Luis
Obispo, for a four-year bachelor of science degree in food science with a culinary
concentration which will meet most of the Research Chef Association Requirements.
An upper division Food Science Internship is also required. Contact Cal Poly Food Science and Nutrition department for further information.
Cal Poly has a food processing pilot plant and a food preparation laboratory. These
and additional laboratories are designed for teaching courses in nutrition, food service
management, sensory evaluation, functional components of food, and quality control,
as well as other food processing systems. Multimedia and computer applications are
What do people in the Culinology® profession do?
Culinology ® professionals are culinary arts chefs with food science and nutrition
education who create the quality taste, texture, and visual appeal found in four-star
Check out our career opportunities page for more jobs examples of employment opportunities as a Culinology® professional.
What is the employment outlook?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- Employment for culinary arts professionals is expected to increase by 11 percent over
the next 7 years.
- An estimated 351,000 new jobs are estimated to arise over the same period.
How much can I expect to make when I get a job in the Culinology® field?
Salaries can range from $45,000- $100,000 a year.
Applied Social Sciences Department, Bldg. H
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Phone: 805.922.6966 ext. 3401
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Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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