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A Center for the Study of Food

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, artisanal 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.

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Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food 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. Assembling a core group of chef instructors and culinary masters, the program teaches and inspires students, industry professionals, and the general public in an innovative educational setting.

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Food as Art

Our approach at Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food is entirely unique. At our programs core, we equip students with artisanal cooking methods as well as an understanding of food’s impact on culture, economy, and wellness. Our students are encouraged to experience food in a whole new way, activating flavors and crafting dishes that are local, refined, and innovative. We help students to traverse the journey of food in a way that best suits their interests, talents, and goals, from mastering the art of confections to whole-animal butchery.

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At Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food, we provide academic and career training to develop entrepreneurs in the culinary arts and hospitality industries. Our teachings are based on an understanding of responsible agricultural methods and act as a transparent inquiry into responsible food production. We provide students with the critical thinking skills needed to successfully navigate the world of hospitality and management.

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Food as Wellness

Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food is 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. We believe that wellness encompasses sustainable farming practices, healthy community relationships, and the well-being of individuals through local food. To that end, we promote a variety of activities and courses of study in culinary nutrition, applied farming, seasonal cooking, and whole animal butchery.

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