What is a culinary specialist?


A new job title has been emerging in recent years in the culinary field: culinary specialist. Originally a term reserved for Navy and military culinary supervisors, the broader culinary world has adopted this title as well. Culinary job seekers may be wondering, what does it mean?

A culinary specialist typically has attended an accredited culinary school, has experience in the industry and is prepared to lead a culinary team. In many respects, the position mirrors that of an executive or head chef in the food and beverage industry. However, a culinary specialist not only oversees menu development, budgeting and supplies, vendor relationships, staff, cooks, equipment maintenance and repairs, but also manages front of the house operations. Banquet and event negotiation are also part of this work.

Wondering if this career would work for you? The Holland Code Chart, a tool for making vocational choices based on personality types, indicates that this filed is best suited for those with a strong balance of enterprising and realistic traits as well as being social, artistic and conventional. You can find a sample of the test here.


L’Ecole Culinaire can be an important first step in training for this career. Our restaurant management degree allows students to receive training in the front of the house and the back of the house, an enriched platform for a culinary career. Our graduates emerge ready to take on the challenges of the industry. Click the link to hear what our graduates have to say about their experience at L’Ecole Culinaire. An American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation accredited culinary school, L’Ecole Culinaire offers hands-on training in culinary management from experienced industry professionals.

Interested in training to become a culinary specialist? You can complete your diploma or degree in culinary arts at L’Ecole Culinaire in less time than you might think. With the New Year upon us, now is a great time to register for classes starting soon. We have campus locations in Kansas City, Memphis and St. Louis and would enjoy showing you our kitchens and introducing you to our chef instructors. For more information on starting a career in the culinary world, click here to submit your request for information.




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