The 1st International Culinology® Bachelor Degree at Taylor’s University
2 weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the new course briefing from Taylor’s University and they introduced us to Culinology®. It was during the Taylor’s University open day Culinology® in Action event and I managed to understand more about Culinology®. Culinology® is currently offered in Taylor’s University.
We had Dr. Benjamin Wong, a lecturer who’s teaching the first batch of Culinology® students, explaining about the course and its’ history in details.
I reached kinda early and I saw quite a number of parents and their children who are interested to gain more knowledge about this course. If you think that food is all about to make your tummy full, you are wrong. Especially when it comes to commercials.
What is Culinology®?
Basically it is a combination of culinary arts, technology and science. Imagine every single gram of food/nutrition are counted? A Culinologists® is a chef who can cook and understand the science behind mass production of food and would eventually work hand-in-hand with food scientist to produce a product.
The term ‘Culinology®’ was coined by the U.S. based Research Chefs Association(RCA). Founded in 1996 by a group of research chefs working in the food product development industry, the association has witnessed the growing trend for professional chefs to become intimately involved in the research and development process. Traditionally, it was food scientists who have been at the forefront of developing new products for the mass market, with a focus on food preservation and commercialisation.
Graduates can be called a Culinologists®, and have the option to work as as Chef Consultant, R&D Manager or R&D Chef, Hygiene Consultant, Quality Manager, Sensorial Analysis Manager, Corporate Chef, Corporate Executive Chef, Test Kitchen Chef and other similar positions in the food industry
After the briefing, we had the opportunity to witness Culinology® in Action, Chef Sharizan made mayonnaise by mixing egg yolk with oil. For me, I still prefer the normal mayonnaise that sold at the shop. Nicer lol. At 1st, their attempt failed because they did not use the right amounts of ingredients. The 2nd time, it turned out good. It’s proven that to produce a perfect product, a combination of culinary arts, technology & science will help a lot.
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Culinology®:
The Culinology® programme offered at Taylor’s University is the first complete Culinology® degree to be offered outside the USA. It is not a transfer programme where students study few years in Malaysia and must then transfer to a foreign university. The entire programme is conducted at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus. It is offered under Taylor’s University School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (TCHT) One must possess an interest in Chemistry to pursue the programme. It is a three year programme with two internships. Students will need to be in the kitchen and the lab and need to produce a real product by the end of their studies.
In a nutshell thats basically what Bachelor of Science (Hons) Culinology® in Taylor’s University, for more information about the course get the soft copy course prospectors download PDF HERE!
They are the Taylor’s University first batch students taking Culinology®.
I used to study Hotel Management… This is how the real Mayonnaise look like… for those who do not know LOL
To celebrate the launching of the Culinology® Chronicles, Taylor’s University is honored to introduce the first edition of TAYLORS CULINOLOGY® CONTEST.
To stand a chance to win great prizes worth more than RM 15000, participants must answer a series of 10 questions, designed to test their knowledge on Culinology® and the Chronicles website and suggest a slogan for the Culinology® Chronicles – it’s just that simple! For more details about the contest visit contest page HERE!
To participate in the quiz where you can win tuition waiver to study Culinology® programme join the contest NOW!. Hurry, contest ends 12 August, 2012.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about Culinology® :
1) Is there any other institution that offers Culinology® programme in Malaysia or even in South East Asia?
Culinology® programme offered at Taylor’s University is the first complete Culinology® degree to be offered outside the USA. It is not a transfer programme where students study few years in Malaysia and must then transfer to a foreign university. The entire programme is conducted at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus.
2) What are the other universities offering Culinology® programme?
Various prestigious universities are offering a Culinology® degree programme in the United States. Full list of univesities offering Culinology® programme here, http://www.culinology.com/rca-approved-programs.
3) Can I transfer to another university to complete the final year?
Yes, students will be given the opportunity to transfer to selected Taylor’s University’s partner universities to complete their final year study.
4) What is the difference between Taylor’s University’s Bachelor of Culinary Arts & Food Service Management (Hons) and Taylor’s Bachelor of Science (Hons) Culinology®?
Although these two bachelor degrees are related to culinary studies, they are extremely different in many ways. The Bachelor of Culinary Arts & Food Service Management (Hons) has been designed to prepare chefs to work for the restaurants and hotel industry, who not only have competencies in cooking but also in managing and running a food service business. The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Culinology® is designed to produce R&D chefs, who are able to create recipes that can be mass produced in a manufacturing company. Culinology® graduates will end up working for the food industry in companies such as Nestle, Unilever, etc. A look at the subjects taught in both programmes will clearly illustrate the differences between the two (food processing, packaging) and R&D subjects (food product development etc).
5) What is the difference between Taylor’s University Bachelor of Science (Hons) Culinology® and Taylor’s University’s Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Food Science & Nutrition)?
The Bachelor of Science (Food Science & Nutrition) is a pure science stream programme that has been designed to train food scientists who are able to conduct research on food and food components. Graduates from the Bachelor of Science (Hons )(Food Science & Nutrition) are not meant to create new recipes for new food product. They are usually employed by food companies to assist in processing and mass producing the recipes created by the graduates of Culinology® employed as R&D chefs. A look at the subjects offered help to understand the differences between the two programmes.
6) As a student, can I become a member of the Research Chefs Association (RCA)?
Yes. Once you enrol into the Culinology® programme, you will automatically become member of the RCA. You will enjoy all the benefits as a member, which include full access to the RCA website, receiving RCA newsletter and magazines, etc.
7) When I graduate, will I become a Culinologist®?
Yes, you will. You will be able to give yourself the title of Culinologist® or R&D Chef which is more commonly used in the food industry. Different countries sometimes have different designations for R&D chefs. The title Research Chef is, for example, the most common one. After a few years of working experience, students who graduated from a Culinology® programme can choose to sit for a test to become a certified culinologist. The certification is rewarded to professionals who have acquired a strong expertise throughout their working experience, entitling them to be recognised as certified Culinologist. Graduates from the Culinology® degree need a minimum of five years working experience to be eligible to sit for the certification test. For further information on the certification, visit the RCA website at http://www.culinology.com/certification.
8) Is there a promising career for a Culinologist®?
The food industry is one of the largest industries in the world and an industry that is most unlikely to disappear. The need of processed food is constantly increasing with a demand for a global market that is increasingly looking for convenience foods, and spending less and less time cooking. Moreover, many modern health concerns force food manufacturers to create new products with lower sugar content, sodium content, fat content, etc. The food industry is highly competitive, forcing many companies to look out for experts who are able to assist them in creating new food products to meet the ever-changing market demands, that can be mass produced at the most affordable price.
Last night, Taylor’s International Students Associations organizing Mini Cultural Night that has been held at Taylor Lakeside Student Life Centre from 6pm-9pm. The event started by welcoming speech from Moussa Ba, the Vice President of International Students Association.
Like other cultural night, some students who came dress up with the traditional costume. Performances, dance, games to chill out is the purpose of the event but the main objective is to establish a bridge between one and another.
Moussa Ba the Vice President of International Students Association who is the part of organizer team believe that this cultural night can be one of the way where the Taylor’s student can meet new friends who are not only from different culture but also different country. He also highlight the Malaysia 2020 mission.
The student from Taylor’s interior design, Aseel believe this event gave her new experience about what is 1Malaysia it is. Her family choose Taylor’s for her since Malaysia is Islamic country. To be far with family it is not easy for them and same goes to Aseel parent. Her parent really hard to let her go. Aseel who from Saudi Arabia, choose Malaysia because Malaysia is Islam country.
“1Malaysia is an on-going public relations campaign announced by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on September 16, 2008, calling for the cabinet, government agencies, and civil servants to more strongly emphasize ethnic harmony, national unity, and efficient governance. Many companies and businesses in Malaysia use the 1Malaysia slogan in their advertising campaigns to curry favor with the Malaysian government.” – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
That is what internet said. I take time to think. What is the differences definition of 1Malaysia between local and international people. Which side they look at. What is their hope towards 1Malaysia.
I just need your 5 minutes for you to think. Think about how we want to improve our 1Malaysia rather thank complaining. If you have any suggestion the action that public or government supposed to do in order to improve the 1Malaysia, reply in this post. Let’s we take 1st step to make a changes.
Catch handkerchief? The participants need to show their “kiasuness” in order to win the game and get the handkerchief.
Band performance from my friend housemate.
Food of the day serve by the organizer. Manage to grab 4 slices of Domino Pizza XD
Last but not least photo me & Shannon. Can see our eye bag? LOL
Boring during the event? Taylor’s students, if you have at least mobile phone that support 3G, stay tune… Something coming up at Taylor Lakeside Campus…
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Off to Robot Sushi media launch event at Sunway Pyramid & get my new tennis shoes yo!
When talk about food in Indonesia, there only have a few things that come into my must-eat-list. Bebek (duck), Iga (beef ribs), Gado Gado (vegetable mix) and Indomee (instant noodles). Well, let’s put aside my fitness rules for this blog post shall we?
During one of previous trip in Jakarta, my buddy Kwek Han brought me to one of the largest malls in Jakarta to have our lunch. To be honest, if you still think Indonesia still outdated, do pay them a visit and you will be surprised. Not to mention someone will help you press the floor number and greet you when you enter the lift.
Since I have eaten a lot of street food (yes, I love street food), we went to eat at the mall. Of course, it’s more comfortable and clean compared than street food. The price of the meals almost same in Malaysia, RM10-15 per meals.
Iga Bakar (grilled beef ribs).
The highlights. I can have 20 plates of this! What else you can ask for something that gelatinous and juicy. The Iga was grilled perfectly and totally never get wrong when you mix it with the rich, flavorful and spicy sauce. The meats were tender and juicy, falling off the bones. Of course you have to forget the cholesterol intake hahaha.
Congratulation Kwek Han for the proposal and I knew she definitely say yes.
Harlo people this guy above is squating on floor to poo-poo. His name is TianChad and he blog at TianChad.com. Yay, I feel honored to be the featured blogger of this week and I would like to thanks Feeq for this.
At first, I start blogging because saw other peoples’ blog and just follow the trend. Besides, since I am a forgetful person I thought that blogging can help me keep my memories as “diaries online” so that I remember what happened when I look back.
Ever since I know it is possible to earn some money through blogging. I decided to invest more time in it and start attend more events. First, it is nice to explore new place and get to know more friends. This is one of the event that I have attended – FCUK Facebook Party.
Second, sometimes it is nice to be a blogger as you can meet celebrities in closer distance too. Met Da Mouth Taiwanese Group and see them perform live. Nice or not? =D
Because of the blogging contest, I figured out that you can win awesome prizes by just blog about it. I blogged about LG Blog Launch Party last year and this post help me won a new mobile phone. Get new gadget by just blogging about it, isn’t it great? =)
One day, opportunity and luck dropped by and I was somehow invited to be one of the LG Blog‘s guest blogger. I feel happy specially when I heard this great news! Can join LG’s event and blog about it. For example, LG Technology Design Centre during F1 season. It is really fun!!
There are more reasons that I like blogging because I like to capture the precious moment that makes me feel warm and happy. Through blogging I can share my photo and get people’s comment. Sharing is caring right?
Besides that I also like to travel as it is so fun to able to travel all around the world and learn new culture. It would be great if got people sponsor you to travel and blog right? This is the beach in Phuket, Thailand. Which I haven’t blog about it ;p
*Sunset at Phuket with my friends*
Through blogging, I have met all kind of people and you are lucky if you met a nice person and become good friend. I would say Feeq is one of the nice people I know. Thanks again for featuring my blog and I do appreciate this!