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Culinary Arts is an art of the preparation and cooking of foods. The word "culinary" is defined as something related to, or connected with, cooking. A culinary artist or culinarian is a person working in the culinary arts. A culinarian working in restaurants is commonly known as a cook or a chef. Culinarians are responsible for skillfully preparing meals that are as pleasing to the palate as to the eye. They are required to have a knowledge of the science of food and an understanding of diet and nutrition. They work primarily in restaurants, delis, hospitals and other institutions. Kitchen conditions vary depending on the type of business, restaurant, nursing home, etc. The Table arts or the art of having food can also be called as "Culinary arts".
Sales – Introduce chefs and business owners to new products and equipment relevant to food production and service.
Instructors – Teach aspects of culinary arts in high school, vocational schools, colleges, recreational programs, and for specialty businesses (for example, the professional and recreational courses in baking at King Arthur Flour).
As of 2013, with the catering industry having come through the Great Recession in better shape than most others, and rising interest in quality food, the job market for qualified chefs is robust, especially in London.
The occupation outlook for chefs, restaurant managers, dietitians, and nutritionists is fairly good, with "as fast as the average" growth. Increasingly a college education with formal qualifications is required for success in this field. The culinary industry continues to be male-dominated, with the latest statistics showing only 19% of all 'chefs and head cooks' being female.