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Stellar restaurants, chefs and delicious dining experiences aren’t difficult to find in Arkansas. The vast array of options are quite impressive to say the least. From Bentonville to Little Rock, five star fare is readily available for even the most discriminating foodie palates.

With the expansive food scene, and no signs of slowing, Arkansas has taken a solid approach to ensuring culinary growth is supported by providing top notch education and training to keep up with industry worker demand.

BRIGHTWATER: A Center for the Study of Food | BENTONVILLE, AR

Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food was conceived to be more than a typical cooking school. As an academic department of NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Brightwater offers uniquely holistic programming with academic and career training in the areas of culinary nutrition, artisan food, beverage management, and food entrepreneurship. We provide world-class training for individuals, students, and professionals at any point on their journey into the world of food.


Brightwater has taken a unique approach to culinary education by providing multifaceted training through all industry aspects, posturing their unique curriculum to support career endeavors in food art, business, and wellness.

Specific curriculum offerings not only include artisan food, culinary arts, pastry and baking, and beverage management, but also culinary nutrition, food waste reduction, and food security. Further specialized courses offer training in applied farming, seasonal cooking, and the art of fermentation. The end goal is to offer world class training to students, individuals and professionals.

A truly great accomplishment for Brightwater is the distinction of being the first community college and first nursing program in the U.S. to license curriculum from Tulane University’s Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine. Brightwater is also the first to offer a systems-based approach to culinary training.

Brightwater is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the American Culinary Federation.

Brightwater breaks the mold by focusing on the larger food system, culinary skills, wellness, and strengthening local food networks to change the paradigm of culinary education

For more information on Brightwater, please visit their website at http://www.brightwater.org/ 


801 SE 8th St

Bentonville, Arkansas 72712


Photo Credit: Pulaski Tech Website


“The University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute (UA-PTC CAHMI) is here to help you embark on your career journey. We are a world-class culinary, baking and pastry, hospitality, and wine training center with highly skilled faculty and staff committed to providing you with the positive, comprehensive and challenging hands-on experience you need to prepare for a variety of exciting positions in the culinary, baking and pastry, and hospitality fields,” ~ University of Arkansas, Pulaski Tech

In my role as a professional chef, I recently had a positive, enlightening experience speaking to the students of The University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute. They were bright, inquisitive and very passionate about their futures in the food service industry. Follow this link to view our speaking engagement, “The New Food World Order” at UA-PTC.


The culinary arts program at UA-PTC includes the following opportunities:

Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts Technical Certificate

Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts

Baking and Pastry Arts Technical Certificate

Basic Baking Certificate of Proficiency

Basic Food Preparation Certificate of Proficiency

Basic Pastry Certificate of Proficiency

Cake Decorating Certificate of Proficiency

Food Purchasing and Inventory Certificate of Proficiency

UA-PTCCAHMI is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation and the Accrediting Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration. UA-PTC CAHMI graduates enter the workforce with the most widely recognized culinary and hospitality credentials in the nation.

For more information, please visit their website https://uaptc.edu/culinary


UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute

Little Rock-South
13000 Interstate 30
Little Rock, AR 72210
(501) 812-2860