If I have hopes of someday opening my own restaurant and being Chef/Owner what education is needed? I was thinking originally an associate degree in food and beverage management would do me just fine. Is that enough or should I get my behind over to the university to get a degree in culinary arts management? I also thought why not get the AAS and then transfer? Good idea except that there are courses for the AAS that won't tranfer. I'm talking about 21 units. That's about one year of course work. I don't want to waste any time at all. For those that are or have faced this issue please help me out on this. I need to make a decision now because of the required courses for the BA and AAS are going to go seperate ways following this semester. The only courses shared by both degree programs are the ones in culinary arts.