What is on the Horizon for Food Education

A while back, we covered the wonderful world of culinary schools. They’re great, and they can get you started on working anywhere from mom-n’-pops to your big restaurants. But if you want to get your education just a bit further, there are a few options available.

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1. You can get a degree for studying wine.

Yep, it isn’t something just limited to learning in wine tastings. Both UC Davis and Fresno State have full degree programs, and both having their own vineyards. But as wine is a $13 billion industry and a steady stream of wine enthusiasts, being a degreed wine expert is indeed something to brag about.

2. You can take classes in molecular gastronomy

What is molecular gastronomy? One of the Frogs said that it’s the making of food art, primarily through the knowledge of chemistry (the video below is perhaps more helpful, however)

Both the University of Washington and Amherst College offer these classes. While you won’t be able to major in one in the States (but you can in Spain), you can get a fresh idea of exotic and challenging ways to make food. After all, it’s why chef Heston Blumenthal and his Fat Duck restaurant is so famed.

3. There are programs for Fermentation Science.

In a way–yes, you can get a degree for being a beer expert. But if you know anything about baking or food in general, fermentation isn’t just limited to beer, as fermentation also includes beans, cheese, and breads (here’s a good list found in Wikipedia). Oregon State, Appalachian State, and Colorado State offer four-year degrees in these. So it looks like just frequenting bars is no longer going to be enough.