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Culinard is the Culinary Institute of Virginia College

CulinardAt Culinard, fine cuisine is more than merely good food. It is an art.

Professional chefs share their knowledge, their skill, and their passion with small classes in fully-equipped teaching kitchens, where every student has access to the tools they need. Students receive thorough training in all of the basics required for employment in the hospitality/food services industry. They examine how social changes have influenced the culinary arts, and how these forces will continue to shape the look and the taste of fine cuisine in the future.

Senior students put theory into practice, serving customers in the institute's affiliated restaurant and bakery. Here, they gain first-hand knowledge and experience in every aspect of food preparation and presentation, from appetizer through main course and dessert, or from basic bread through confectionery delicacy.

Culinard's goal is to ensure students earn a superior education in the culinary arts, and leave the institute well-prepared for an exceptional career.

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Programs at Culinard:

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Culinary Arts
Certificate & Diploma

Culinard's 36-week Culinary Arts Diploma or Certificate program could be your ticket into the culinary industry. Both of these program options offer students a solid background in various disciplines relating to the hospitality/food services industry.

The Culinary Arts programs provide practical, realistic, hands-on training. Students will have the opportunity to learn:

  • Food production at all levels, from basic to advanced
  • Garde manger preparation
  • Baking techniques
  • Winemaking
  • Basic nutrition principles

Courses cover a broad spectrum of food service management skills, including:

  • Interpersonal (leadership and communication)
  • Operational (sanitation, inventory, menu planning, and dining room service)

Students also explore the origin of various cuisines and their relationship to cultural and historical developments.

Find out how you can graduate ready to pursue a wide range of culinary career paths. Begin by requesting more information from Culinard today!

Culinard's Culinary Arts Certificate and Diploma programs are available in:

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Mobile, Alabama
  • Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Richmond, Virginia

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Pastry Arts
Certificate & Diploma

If you want to take your passion for food to the next level and turn your baking hobby into an exciting career, the Pastry Arts Diploma or Certificate program from Culinard could be the perfect choice for you!

At Culinard, you will receive hands-on experience in the industry-standard kitchens from day one, learning to prepare a delicious range of pastries and desserts, from plated desserts and wedding cakes to sugar and chocolate show pieces. Culinard will also give you the opportunity to work with industry-current equipment. Plus, you can get a taste of what it's like to actually work in the industry by participating in an externship.

Contact admissions by filling out the information request form today to discuss how you could train for entry-level positions in bakeries, restaurants, and catering companies, or even start up your own business!

Culinard's Pastry Arts Certificate and Diploma programs are available in:

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Mobile, Alabama
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Richmond, Virginia

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Culinard Locations*:


Birmingham, Alabama
436 Palisades Blvd
Birmingham AL 35209

Mobile, Alabama
3725 Airport Blvd Ste 165
Mobile AL 36608


Fort Pierce, Florida
2810 S Federal Hwy
Fort Pierce FL 34982

Jacksonville, Florida
5940 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville FL 32207


Savannah, Georgia
14045 Abercorn St Ste 1532
Savannah GA 31419


Baton Rouge, Louisiana
9501 Cortana Pl
Baton Rouge LA 70815

North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina
3740 S Holden Rd
Greensboro NC 27406

South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina
78 Global Dr Ste 200
Greenville SC 29607


Chattanooga, Tennessee
721 Eastgate Loop
Chattanooga TN 37411


Richmond, Virginia
7112 Midlothian Tpke
Richmond VA 23225

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Student support services

  • Financial aid: The Student Finance Department will help students determine what assistance may be available.
  • Housing: The Student Services Department will assist any student interested in relocating to Birmingham. There are a broad range of housing options available.
  • Job placement: Students not recruited from Culinard prior to graduation will receive assistance developing a resume, and honing the interviewing and self-marketing skills essential to the job search.

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Culinard/Virginia College is a senior college accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award certificates, diplomas, associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees.

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Culinary Arts
Pastry Arts

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