MCCC Offers New Degree in Culinology
fall Mercer County Community College will offer a new associate degree
program in Culinology, which blends the disciplines of food
science and the culinary arts. Mercer developed the program in cooperation
with the Research Chefs Association and Rutgers University.
By combining the creativity of the culinary arts with the knowledge
of basic science, students will be prepared to enter careers in research
and development of food products, developing new tastes and flavors
and new ways to store and manufacture foods.
According to Jeff Cousminer of the Research Chefs Association, there
is a need in industry for professionals with the knowledge of both
cooking and the science behind food manufacturing.
Students who complete the associate degree at Mercer will be prepared
to transfer to Rutgers University to pursue a baccalaureate degree
in Interdisciplinary Food Science. They will also have the opportunity
to work toward certification with the Research Chefs Association,
which has trademarked the Culinology name.
The Research Chefs Association is working with several colleges nationwide
to offer the Culinology program. The new field has attracted attention
from national media outlets, including USA TODAY. Read their article
MCCC's Culinology program (page 29)
MCCC's Culinary programs home
faculty member Frank Benowitz with Jeff Cousminer of the Research
students work in one of the college's two professional kitchens.