Culinary horticulturists are interested in the products, practices, and perspectives regarding the world’s edible plants. They study crops, culture, and cuisine and often grow, harvest, prepare and serve their own meals to family, clients and customers. Careers in culinary horticulture are very diverse including growers, scientists, researchers, public health specialists, food service and chefs.
Depending on the specialty area (some are listed above), training and education may require anything from a high school diploma, certification or an advanced degree. Graduation from culinary school is idea for many careers in food service, including chef.
WHERE TO STUDY
For 2- and 4-year college and university programs in horticulture across the country, visit our Where to Study page. To find culinary schools, check out this link.
In August 2020, the median yearly salary for a chef was $69,753, according to Salary.com. For more information, visit Study.com's Chef Profile. For salary information regarding other areas of culinary horticulture, check out Zippa.com.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
- American Culinary Federation
- American Personal & Private Chef Association
- American Society for Horticultural Science
- International Corporate Chefs Association
- Research Chefs Association
- Slow Food International
- United States Personal Chef Association
- World Association of Chefs Societies
VIDEOS AND TESTIMONIALS
Learn why Rory Moran of Comfort Kitchen chose to become a chef.
Check out the diversity of careers in culinary horticulture in this video from Durham College.