The Culinary Arts program offers training in basic and advanced culinary skills and includes a practicum experience within a local commercial kitchen. Several degrees and certificates can enhance job skills and increase employment possibilities. The Culinary Arts program prepares students for positions as professional chefs, cooks, and entry-level management. Arizona is one of the top tourism states in the nation offering many exciting places to work upon completion of a Culinary Arts or Hotel and Restaurant Management certificate or degree program. Through hands-on lab work and lecture classes, students will gain a practical real world understanding of the Culinary Arts and Hotel Restaurant Management industry.
Culinary Degrees include Culinary Arts AAS, Baking and Pastry Certificate, Culinary Arts I Certificate and Culinary Arts II Certificate.
Culinary Arts AAS Degree: This degree provides training in basic and advanced culinary skills and includes a practicum experience within a commercial kitchen for application of skills and knowledge. Concentrations include Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry, Nutrition and Dietetics and Business/Hospitality specialties. Students are prepared for positions as professional chefs, cooks, pastry chefs and entry-level management or for advancement in the food service industry.
Baking and Pastry Certificate: This certificate prepares students for employment in such establishments as retail bakeries, fine dining restaurants and hotels, upscale pastry and bake shops, commercial baking and entrepreneurships. The core courses will help students develop a solid foundation in basic baking skills. The student may tailor the degree to meet individual goals in areas such as bread baking, cake decorating, wedding cake production and/or chocolate and sugar show pieces. All courses in this certificate are requirements for the Culinary Arts AAS Degree.
Culinary Arts I Certificate: This certificate prepares students to become entry-level culinary professionals within a commercial food service operation. Credits earned may be applied towards the Culinary Arts Certificate II and the Culinary Arts AAS Degree.
Culinary Arts II Certificate: This certificate provides training in basic and advanced culinary skills, concepts related to food sustainability, culinary math and logistical skills necessary for planning events. Courses within this certificate are also requirements for the Culinary Arts AAS degree. This certificate prepares students for entry-level positions as cooks, chefs or food service managers.