College of Food Innovation & Technology

The College of Food Innovation & Technology (CFIT) students exhibit professionalism by wearing a standardized uniform and utilizing a standardized kit of tools within their laboratory classrooms. First-year CFIT students will be assessed a Uniform & Toolkit fee upon enrolling at Johnson & Wales. These materials will be issued to the student upon the arrival to campus. The standardized CFIT uniform and toolkit guarantees that all students will begin their college careers with the same professional appearance and educational materials needed for a successful CFIT experience. Students enrolled in the B.S. Dietetics and Applied Nutrition program (College of Health & Wellness) are included in this student population. First-year students will be notified to order uniforms online through the JWU portal approximately six-to-eight weeks prior to the start of the student's first semester. The student's name will be embroidered on their uniforms. Returning students may purchase additional uniform items through a similar online portal. 

Students must report to College of Food Innovation & Technology laboratory classes in full uniform and for the purpose of safety must remain in full uniform at all times until leaving the premises. Students not in full uniform will not be admitted into class. All components of the uniform are expected to be clean and pressed

Laboratory Classroom Uniform 

The uniform items included in the CFIT Uniform and Toolkit fee includes

  • Chef pants (standard university-issue only), hemmed*
  • Chef jackets (standard university-issue only)
  • Black shoes (standard university-issue or equivalent: oil-resistant, non-skid, closed-toe and back, lace or loafer), clean, issued to students upon their arrival to campus for the first semester of enrollment
  • Knife/tool kit (standard university-issue) based on technical focus of degree program; issued to students upon their arrival to campus for the first semester of enrollment
  • Chef hat (standard university-issue only)** — refer to the College of Food Innovation & Technology Hat Policy
  • Apron (standard university-issue)
  • Side towel (standard university-issue)
  • Thermometer (standard university-issue)

Students must provide the following to accompany the chef uniform:

  • White t-shirt; no lettering, design or insignia
  • White socks (above-ankle, plain, no stripes or emblems)

Students who are enrolled in a culinary-focused degree program that are required to take CUL2510 Contemporary Restaurant Operations and Management will be issued by the university a front-of-the-house/dining room uniform which includes

  • Black dress shirt (standard university-issue only)
  • Bistro waist apron (standard university-issue only)

Students must provide the following items to accompany the front of the house/dining room uniform:

  • Black dress skirt (knee length) or black dress slacks, full-length, straight-legged (no leggings, yoga pants, or jeans)
  • Black belt
  • Black socks (above-ankle, plain, no stripes or emblems)
  • A university-approved hair restraint must be worn if hair touches shirt collar. No additional hair adornments are permitted in the classroom (e.g., scarves, ribbons, beads).
  • Waiter’s corkscrew (available in bookstore)

Note: Any students attending beverage classes within the College of Food Innovation & Technology must be in proper uniform, clean and pressed. Proper uniform is either the university-issued front-of-the-house uniform, or black slacks or skirt (knee-length), long-sleeved white or black shirt, and black shoes (closed-toe and heel), or other professional business attire.

Academic Classroom Dress Policy

There is no uniform requirement within the academic classroom. When enrolled in academic courses, classroom-appropriate dress is expected.

Hat Policy

Within the College of Food Innovation & Technology, when students are in full chef or dining-room uniform, no hat or head covering other than a chef hat and/or a university-approved hair restraint may be worn. 

Name Tags

Refer to a campus-specific Name Tag Policy.


Backpacks and/or other types of carrying cases are not permitted in laboratory classrooms. Day lockers are available within buildings with laboratory classrooms. Students must provide their own locks.

Laboratory Grooming Standards

Laboratory Grooming Standards, set and expected by the College of Food Innovation & Technology, are in place to ensure that students learn and model safe food handling practices as required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Grooming standards also assist students in acquiring the professional behaviors that are expected by our industry partners and employers. Grooming standards are assessed daily.  


  • Food handlers have the ethical responsibility to maintain high standards of personal cleanliness according to the FDA Food Code 2.3 and 2.4.


  • A university-approved hair restraint must be worn in laboratory classrooms when hair touches collar and when hair is long and cannot be tucked beneath the chef’s hat.
  • No additional hair adornments are permitted in the laboratory classroom (e.g., scarves, ribbons, hair beads). 


  • Students should be clean-shaven daily. If students are not clean-shaven, facial hair must be trimmed, neat, and a beard guard must be worn at all times while in laboratory classes.
  • Short, straight mustaches are permissible (trimmed evenly at upper lip).
  • Minimal, natural-looking makeup is acceptable.


  • Fingernails must be kept short and clean at all times.
  • Nail polish and artificial nails are not allowed.
  • Cuts, wounds, scratches, or skin blemishes from the fingertips to the beginning of the forearm must be protected by single-use gloves. (Refer to the Hand Washing and Food Handling Policy.)


  • Ear, facial, and hand jewelry is not allowed in laboratory classrooms with exception of a plain ring (such as a wedding band). A medical information bracelet is permitted.  
  • Wristwatches are not allowed when preparing food in laboratory classrooms.
  • Visible piercings are not allowed (tongue piercings included) in laboratory classrooms.   


  • Sweaters or coats may not be worn in laboratory classrooms.
  • Students in laboratory classes may not use perfume or cologne.


Students are provided with permanent-press uniforms and are responsible for uniform maintenance. Uniforms are expected to be clean and pressed daily.