Culinary Arts is simply defined as the practice of food preparation. I cannot think of any definition simpler than that. However — and as simple as it may seem, Culinary Arts is a broad topic that needs to be divided into chunks for everyone to fully digest.
Culinary Arts is anything related to food. This includes food preparation, Menu Planning, Food styling or designing edible art, diet and nutrition, hotel kitchen and restaurant management (this is also considered as Culinary Management), and even Food Photography. These are just a few of the countless areas that can be tied to Culinary Arts.
Of all the areas or topic related to Culinary Arts, food preparation is considered to be the most associated. To validate this statement, please allow me to ask you a question. What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear the word Culinary Arts? You might have thought of a nicely arranged plate, or perhaps a person preparing a meal. Has someone thought of a delightful chocolate cake, or a hot apple pie (this exercise is making me hungry)? I know that you get the idea.