College of Food Innovation & Technology

Do you view the world through the lens of food? Become a culinary problem solver at JWU Charlotte’s College of Food Innovation & Technology (CFIT). Learn to manage, lead, and compete in this fast-moving industry. Whatever your goals — like opening a restaurant, cooking nutritious meals for athletes, or creating a great food product, to name a few — JWU will help you achieve them.

A bustling kitchen at JWU Charlotte.

Find Your Future in Food

Baking & Pastry Arts students create cakes and classic pastries in full view of bustling Trade Street. Applied Food Science students research and formulate new products. Develop your palate and your skills in our Beverage Labs, hot kitchens and dining rooms. Become an advocate for sustainable foodways by exploring North Carolina’s farms and food hubs. At JWU, food innovation comes full circle.



Applied Food Science

Combine the strength of culinary arts and food science in our unique Applied Food Science bachelor’s degree program.

Students facing the front of a classroom with a computer screen flashing, “What Is Nutrition?”

Culinary Nutrition

Position yourself on the leading edge of 21st-century food, health and social responsibility through JWU’s bachelor of science program in Culinary Nutrition.

Daniel Reid (Double Harvest) presenting to the Future Food judges.

Food & Beverage Entrepreneurship

JWU’s Food & Beverage Entrepreneurship bachelor’s degree combines entrepreneurship courses with traditional business classes to equip you with the skills to start your own venture.

Career-Ready Education

Opportunities abound to develop and expand your skills through internships, semester-long Directed Work Experience (DEE) projects or study abroad experiences. Culinary Nutrition and Applied Food Science partnerships include the North Carolina Research Campus and the NC Food Innovation Lab. Nutrition students create heart-healthy recipes and lead nutritious cooking demos, while food entrepreneurs pitch their ideas at SharkFest and the Future Food All-Stars competition.

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JWU baking team interns at the Augusta National Masters Tournament.

JWU at the Augusta National Masters Tournament

Each spring, JWU Charlotte students gain industry experience at the world-renowned Augusta National Masters Tournament.

Juliana Rivera '23, a food & beverage industry management major, worked in the clubhouse doing prep and plating desserts: “This was my first experience doing mass production on a dessert line. ... Our labs were very good and helped prepare me. Once you get the speed down, it’s about getting the order out quickly, so that’s a skill that I learned.”

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Our Professors Are Experts

At JWU Charlotte, CFIT faculty have spent years in the field as chefs, sommeliers, bakers, product developers or dietitians. They bring these experiences to life as practical classroom lessons about sustainability, food security and global food systems. And they will help you develop the connections and professionalism to succeed.

Meet Our Faculty


Charlotte faculty member Peter Reinhart teaching an artisan bread class.

Wildcats in Action

JWU CFIT News highlights alum success stories, recipes, internships and deep dives into the kind of culinary creativity that thrives at JWU. Read more:


Competitions & More

Each year, JWU hosts the Future Food Scholarship Competition, a recipe competition for U.S. high school and transfer students enrolled in one of JWU’s food-related programs. The top 20 winners will be awarded JWU academic scholarships.

JWU Charlotte students can test their entrepreneurial skills in the annual SharkFest and Future Food All-Stars competitions.

The Charlotte Community Hub encompasses classes, customized culinary experiences, and other opportunities that bring CFIT’s world-class food expertise and facilities to the larger community.