UVU: Culinary Arts Institute (CAI)

UVU: Culinary Arts Institute (CAI)


(mellow music) – The Culinary arts
program has been around for over 25 years. We’re celebrating UVU’s 75th, but the Culinary’s 25th anniversary is this year as well. The culinary program
has graduated hundreds and even thousands of students, as they have been successful
in the industry becoming chefs, pastry chefs, in the United
States and around the world. (guitar instrumental music) – The UVU Culinary Arts Institute program has changed my life. It’s helped me become more confident. It’s helped me understand really
what the culinary industry is like and just how big it is and how expansive it is, and it’s helped me understand and realize the hard work it takes, but it’s also helped me
learn a lot about who I am, and who I want to be as a chef, and it’s just helped me
become a better person. (metal clanking) – My favorite part of the program, would probably be in
the garde manger class, I really like the intricacy that you get when you can do some of
the sculpture molding, with the vegetables, or ice
sculptures and stuff like that, and having the professors
there to really teach you, and give you the life
experiences that they had, and to kind of motivate
you going into the field. I really took a lot from that. – I had absolutely no idea
what I was getting myself into, when I enrolled in this program, and just culinary school has been an amazing adventure of its own. And doing Knowledge Bowl on top of that has really put it over the top. (buzzer) – Knowledge Bowl is an awesome experience. Most of us were in the the same class starting out together and we wanted to do some
kind of competition, and we decided to do Knowledge Bowl. – The best way we can think to describe it is kind of like culinary Jeopardy. When we play, it’s this big game board and there are daily double questions, and there are hidden images, and there are point values associated
with certain questions. “Pie Shop” for 30 please. – My experience with the Knowledge Bowl team has been amazing. It was so much fun getting
together with the chefs with my team members and
just practicing every week. And after a while, it
definitely became easy to throw down with the chefs and we beat them to the buzzer and just annihilate them too. – The program really taught me a lot about how to push myself in ways that maybe I’m not comfortable with or that I don’t know. And I came into the program really not having a great understanding
of what I was doing. So it taught me to motivate
myself and push myself because I was uncomfortable. And I would say going into the field now and how that relates is that it continues to make me push myself and be motivated. – UVU is awesome. I had always heard really good things about the program, and
then when I got here, even the first month I was here, I was just blown away by how good of a program it is and how quality the instructors are. They really try and help you get hands-on experience and doing events and competitions and things like that. And we just have awesome people. – This experience of being
on the Knowledge Bowl team and doing this competition has reinforced my Wolverine pride. I am so proud of the
chefs that have taught me, of the people I work with, and of the students that surround me, and their work ethics. And what it means to be at UVU is to have this great desire to do stuff hands-on and learn the entirety of the experience of a profession instead
of just out of a book or just having someone lecture at you. – I love learning, and I love learning especially
about cooking and food. And it just increased my knowledge, increased my passion,
and I want to do that for the rest of my life. I never want to stop learning about food. – Going through the program, I personally couldn’t do
it without the support of my family, and I know
that running the program takes a lot of support from
the surrounding community. And, I have been very
thankful for their support in the school and the program itself. – I love cooking. I love food. I love this program. I really feel like it’s
the best of the best, and the cream of the crop, and it’s been an awesome experience. (mellow music) – We so many student success stories. Every year our students compete, and every year our students win. We’re so thankful for their
dedication and their hard work. It’s the student that
makes the difference. Think what we could do
if we grow our facility, and we grow our curriculum and our programs and our degrees. It is a wide open door to make this a very successful culinary arts program,
not just in our state but in our nation and in the world. We know that as we grow, our student will be become better. our faculty will improve, and the program itself will be recognized for its significant
contributions to community, the craft and the great art of culinary.

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