The Keiser University Center for Culinary Arts is a branch of the Keiser University educational system. Keiser University has over 20 campus locations in the state of Florida, including an online campus. The school also boasts a campus in Shanghai, China. Keiser's Center for Culinary Arts can be found on three of these campuses (Tallahassee, Sarasota and Melbourne). Students receive hands-on training in the culinary arts, preparing them for careers in the food service and hospitality industries. Upon completion of the program, graduates are awarded associate degrees.
Keiser University is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Keiser University Center for Culinary Arts is accredited by the American Culinary Federation.
Faculty at the Keiser University Center for Culinary Arts maintain a "student first" philosophy. Small class sizes allow for increased interaction between instructors and students. Most of the faculty are former, or currently working, master chefs or food industry workers. They bring their wealth of knowledge from the industry into the classroom and share it with their students, teaching them to create beautiful and delicious food. Curriculum includes both classroom and hands-on lab experiences.
On-campus housing is not available at Keiser University Center for Culinary Arts locations. Through classroom and lab sessions, students will acquire professional food preparation and handling skills. The curriculum includes courses in nutrition, sanitation, baking, stock and sauces, American cuisine, French cuisine, International cuisine, pastries, and dining room service. An externship is also required for program completion. Keiser also assists students with finding jobs in the food service industry. Additionally, students may receive assistance with resume preparation and interview techniques. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.