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Culinary Arts


Changing food from something you eat into something you might want to marry.


They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but we think that applies to all human beings on the entire planet—and animals, too. Seriously, if you think your dog loves you for your dazzling personality, you're wrong. It's food. Sorry 'bout it.

We're pretty sure most people would agree: you need to eat to survive. Okay, admittedly, you don't need to study culinary arts to ensure your survival (we're pretty sure a wilderness survival guide doesn't cover plating and garnishing).

But it's a cruel, empty existence. Empty, we tell ya.

For those who truly love food (and we're guessing that's you), it's so much more than something you have to put inside yourself to stay alive. It's a way to express yourself. It's culinary. It's…art.

But the culinary arts major is not for the faint of heart. There will be blood, sweat, and tears, and you can pretty much say goodbye to your eyebrows. You will literally be playing with fire. What can we say? Down time is for people who don't want to become professional chefs.

After you finish school, your options will be much more narrow than if you had graduated with a liberal arts degree. However, with such a specific degree, if you're able to beat out the competition, you should have no problem becoming the next Bobby Flay.

Your job will almost definitely involve food, whether you cook it, bake it, judge it, or inspect it. If you're the kind of person who thinks of food preparation as merely a hobby, the culinary arts just aren't for you.

But if you have Iron Chef on TiVo and carry some "essential spices" whenever you go out to eat, then look no further. You are a foodie. Embrace it.

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