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SUNY Adirondack Culinary Arts

SUNY Adirondack Culinary Arts program

Cooking Up a Resume at SUNY Adirondack Culinary Arts!

The Queensbury region offers a host of educational opportunities, but none more interesting than the SUNY Adirondack Culinary Arts program currently under way!

SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury has turned up the heat for regional culinary education!  Its new Culinary Arts Center in downtown Glens Falls supports students in the Associates in Occupational Services (AOS) in Culinary and Baking Arts program. an immersive environment where they learn in fully equipped kitchen classrooms and get on-the-job experience at “Seasoned,” an on-site restaurant that serves themed gourmet lunches and dinners to the public. This hands-on experience in a real restaurant prepares graduates for the fast paced world of the food service industry.

Prospective students should note that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that food and beverage industry jobs are growing steadily at about 10% over the next three years. The AOS in Culinary and Baking Arts program, according to SUNY Adirondack’s website, has been “designed for fast-tracking a career in the restaurant or hospitality industry.”

The SUNY Culinary Arts Program

Featuring small class sizes, experienced, award-winning faculty, lectures and internships with local restaurants, the program graduates students with a two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Culinary Arts, focused on all aspects of the restaurant industry.

The Culinary Arts Program list their Program Outcomes as:

  1. Employ restaurant sanitation procedures.
  2. Demonstrate competency in restaurant prep skills.
  3. Demonstrate competency in baking, pastry and recipe preparation and procedures.
  4. Manage front of the house operations.
  5. Implement kitchen brigade operations.
  6. Identify and present professional skills needed in a hospitality environment.

Graduates of the program will show competency in:

  • Cooking fundamentals and techniques
  • Baking, pastries, dessert preparation and procedures
  • Costing and purchasing needed for food and beverage management
  • Writing of menus and restaurant recipes
  • Ability to employ Serv Safe sanitation procedures

Culinary arts instructor Matt Bolton firmly believes that the new building will truly improve the teachers’ ability to instruct their students.  The new site has new equipment, a 1045 square-foot teaching kitchen, a 650 square-foot bakery, and two 400 square-foot classrooms. There are also study rooms so that students can study between classes without having to leave the building. The most drastic change from the SUNY Adirondack facility, however, has to be the restaurant.

SUNY Adirondack ‘Seasoned’ Restaurant

(SAMPLE MENU FROM SEASONED RESTAURANT – click image to enlarge)

Seasoned is a completely student operated restaurant located right at the Culinary Arts Center that, currently, will be serving the public lunch and dinner, by reservation, every Wednesday and Thursday through April 25th.

  • Students learn to run back-of-the-house operations from Matt Bolton in Basic Food Prep 2 and Advanced Food Prep 2. In the former, future chefs learn “basic food preparation skills, classic recipe breakdown, meat fabrication, fish sustainability, cooking techniques and plate presentations” to be used in preparing three-course, gourmet lunches for the public.
  • Students in Advanced Food Prep 2 “will manage different types of recipes via region, organize staff tasks, implement purchasing, costing, leadership roles and work ethic in a professional kitchen setting.” These students prepare five-course, regionally-themed meals for the public that change weekly. Front of the house operations are run by Chef Megan Diehl and her dining room service class. They handle waiting on patrons, bartending, hosting, and managing.

The students running Seasoned and studying at the new Culinary Arts Center have and will continue to receive rave reviews. Prospective students – and the public – should make a reservation, have lunch or dinner, and get a look at the new facility. The upgraded space and equipment, dedicated and experienced instructors, and immersive culinary environment will truly impress and inspire future students to dedicate themselves to culinary arts.

For more information about the SUNY Adirondack culinary program go here. To make a reservation at Seasoned, call (518) 832-7725.