World Association of Chefs Societies Certifies Auburn Culinary Science Program

Charlotte Tuggle | Communications Editor

The Auburn University Culinary Science program, a study option in the Hospitality Management degree program in the College of Human Sciences, is now one of six educational programs in the nation certified by the World Association of Chefs Societies.

The Worldchefs Recognition of Quality Culinary Education is the only international certification program that evaluates culinary education. Only 106 institutions in the world have met or exceeded the Worldchefs Education Committee’s global standards for quality culinary education.

Mark Traynor, associate professor and Culinary Science program coordinator at Auburn, said the certification will elevate Auburn’s program in the global market and connect students with international opportunities.

“This prestigious award acknowledges the past and current effort we have put into providing high-quality culinary education at Auburn University. Moreover, it recognizes the university's commitment to excellence in culinary education moving forward,” Traynor said. “Now that our curriculum is certified by the World Association of Chefs Societies, our students can be assessed for professional certifications that recognize their individual skills. In addition, this certification provides a platform for our students to be internationally visible and connected with potential international employers.”

The Auburn Culinary Science option trains students in food production and service by emphasizing industry safety standards, culinary knowledge and hands-on experience, sustainability, foodservice management, and global cuisines. Traynor said the addition of the Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center, opening fall 2022, will further establish Auburn University as a global leader in culinary education.

Find more information about Culinary Science at Auburn University.