Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, the largest accredited provider of online and campus-based culinary training and education in the U.S., has announced the launch of its new "Holistic Nutrition and Wellness" associate degree and diploma programs offering industry-ready skills for those interested in pursuing careers in the growing healthy eating and nutrition wellness sector.
Escoffier's expanded curriculum pairs the science of nutritional food preparation with a foundation in culinary arts. Online associate degree and diploma programs are scheduled to begin this February and in May at the culinary school's Boulder campus. The holistic nutrition and wellness programs were designed by Escoffier chefs, nutritionists, registered dieticians and wellness coaches with special emphasis on healthy cooking principles for people with specialised diets, food intolerances and preferences.
"We spent time with wellness experts, healthy eating coaches and meal planners to curate this curriculum that bridges the gap between nutrition and health, taste and culinary skills," said Kathleen Vossenberg, Escoffier's vice president of academic affairs.
"We're equipping students with a blend of professional cooking techniques and nutrition science principles so they can stand out with a unique credential in the hugely popular wellness industry. I'm really proud of the in-depth content, hands-on learning activities and in-person externships that culminate in students putting into practice what they've learned," added Vossenberg.
The programs place an emphasis on practical applications including writing business plans, creating flavourful meal plans for those with food allergies and other health issues along with a background that explores mindfulness, herbology, Eastern healing practices and how food impacts mental and physical health.
Escoffier's Holistic Nutrition and Wellness diploma programs conclude with a six-week, in-person industry externship to apply skills in real-world settings with industry professionals including certified wellness and nutrition coaches, personal chefs, meal planners and entrepreneurs.
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