Cooking Rule #1: Food Safety First in Culinary Schools

The Contribution of Food Safety to Your Culinary Degree

On any culinary school's curriculum, food safety classes are the unglamorous stepsister to the Cinderella classes like cake decorating, advanced baking, or wine appreciation. Often these essential culinary classes have unappetizing names like "Food Safety and Public Health" or "Foodservice Sanitation." Still, cooking schools are duty bound to teach their degree seeking students how to correctly handle food, since food safety is a public health issue, and kitchen sanitation is part of the chef's job description.

Cooking Schools Teach the Essentials of Food Safety and Sanitation

Do you know how to safely thaw frozen food? Never thaw at room temperature. Use your refrigerator if you can, or your microwave if you must. What do you do with that leftover casserole? Leave it on the counter, and you'll never get your cooking school degree; it needs refrigeration. Not only do reputable culinary schools teach you about safe food handling and storage, they also teach you about safe kitchens and accident prevention, too. Though it may not be glamorous, when it comes to a culinary degree, food safety should be the #1 item on your list.


  • "10 Food Safety Tips." KASHRUS Magazine 26.2 (Jan 2006).
  • "Consumers share blame for culinary perils," by James E. McWilliams. USA Today (Mar 08, 2004).
  • Food Safety Careers. FDA.