When you go to college for food and drink education you are opening doors to many different careers. In the beginning you will take classes teaching you how to safely work in the kitchen and handle food so it does not spoil or carry disease to the people who are going to eat it. After that, you will have the opportunity to start to learn how to prepare foods and drinks.
You may decide you want to specialize in diet and nutrition. This will require you to understand how the human body processes food and what it needs to function at its best. Anyone interested in a career dealing with food needs to have some knowledge of this information.
Picking a specialty does not need to be done until you have had some experience in all the different areas. Spend some time learning how to properly prep the foods; what can be done in advance and what needs to wait until it is time to cook the food. While taking classes on soups and sauces, you may find this is what you enjoy the most. Do not forget about beverages such as speciality coffee and artisan beers and wines. Even if you have no desire to be a bartender, you can still learn how to mix specialty drinks or maybe learn about wines.
Becoming a pastry chef or working with the main dish will take considerable time and practice. You may want to specialize even further, perhaps going into cake decorating or learning a cultural cuisine. Once you are at this point in your training, you should have a good idea of what your goal is and can work towards that.
You do not have to have the desire to become a chef in a fine dining restaurant to have some food and drink education. Anyone that has a family or is interested in staying healthy will benefit from the classes. It is fun, and you get to eat your work.