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Program Description

FUA-AUF’s Associate of Arts Degree in Food, Wine, and Wellness Studies offers motivated students the possibility to join the food and wine industry through a program that emphasizes wellness and nutrition studies. Four program concentrations are available:

  • Culinary Arts – Commis Chef (WACS)
  • Baking & Pastry – Commis Chef
  • Wine Studies and Enology
  • Wellness, Health, and Nutrition

 

Program Objectives

The Food, Wine, and Wellness Studies program is designed to provide students with a complete educational experience in the field of gastronomy and wellness.

  • Students will gain a solid knowledge of food, wine, and wellness topics from international and Italian perspectives.
  • Coursework will broaden students’ knowledge of Italian gastronomy and nutrition, offering a rigorous focus on techniques, direct experience, and understanding of the Mediterranean identity of the curriculum.

Program Outcomes


The specialization in Culinary Arts – Commis Chef (WACS) focuses on developing students’ familiarity with:

  • Italian culinary heritage and evolution
  • Ingredient application to Italian and international cuisines
  • Classic/contemporary/modernist cooking techniques
  • Nutritionally balanced and gourmet menu composition
  • Kitchen organization/service in a professional à la carte environment

The specialization in Baking & Pastry – Commis Chef focuses on:

  • Application of pastry ingredients and techniques
  • Italian cultural context and classical pastry creations
  • Italian specialty bread/pizza production
  • Production/decoration/storage of desserts
  • Contemporary ingredient application
  • Professional pastry lab environment


The specialization in Wine Studies and Enology focuses on students’ understanding and appreciation of:

  • Wine cultural heritage and winemaking
  • Major wine regions and grape varieties
  • Principles of modern viticulture and enology
  • Professional wine appreciation/analysis/sensorial evaluation
  • Food and wine pairing
  • Communication and marketing skills
  • Current markets and consumption


The specialization in Wellness, Health, and Nutrition focuses on developing:

  • Nutrition and wellness, balancing diets/lifestyles for athletes and non-athletes
  • Planning nutritional menus and physical activity programs for diverse demographics
  • Comparative analysis of dietary regimens
  • Scientific methods for nutritional calculation in professional menus
  • Personal training programs

Career Opportunities

  • Culinary Arts – Commis Chef (WACS): Commis chef in high-end restaurants and hotels, demi-chef de partie, recipe developer for international companies, representative/agent for specialty food distributions, kitchen and nutrition consultant, food stylist, private chef.
  • Baking & Pastry – Commis Chef: Pastry commis chef in high-end restaurants and hotels, demi-chef de partie in catering companies and commercial bakeries, pastry shop manager, recipe developer for small-medium pastry chains, pastry consultant, personal chef.
  • Wine Studies and Enology: Wine expert, restaurant/wine bar/ wine store buyer and director, wine marketer, brand manager, vineyard and cellar assistant.
  • Wellness, Health, and Nutrition: Support assistant/specialist for nutritionists, personal trainers, rehabilitation and massage therapists, yoga instructors; multidisciplinary manager or coordinator in fitness and wellness centers; wellness consultant for the hospitality industry.

 

 

 

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