Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

The hospitality and food service industry is a large, diverse field that provides challenging and exciting career opportunities for people from all walks of life. The possibilities for satisfying careers are almost limitless. The rewards and satisfactions provided by the industry far exceed those of many other fields of work.

While the different segments of the hospitality and tourism industry have their own unique characteristics, they all share the same mission and heritage-serving the guest or customer. The segments of hospitality and tourism are traveling services, lodging, food service, and recreation services. They all possess a common future as the most dynamic employment and career fields available.

The culinary arts concentration offers advanced chef training as well as restaurant management skills.

What You’ll Learn
Chefs, cooks, and food preparation workers prepare, season, and cook a wide range of foods from soups, snacks, and salads to entrees, side dishes, and desserts—in a variety of restaurants and other food services establishments. Chefs and cooks create recipes and prepare meals, while food preparation workers peel and cut vegetables, trim meat, prepare poultry, and perform other duties such as keeping work areas clean and monitoring temperatures of ovens and stovetops. See the current advising sheet for more details. 

Credits Required:  60 hours

Credential Earned:  Associate of Applied Science

Certificate Option:  A Certificate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts is available for students who complete 30 credit hours. See the current advising sheet for more details. 

Career Settings
After studying the fundamentals of classical and contemporary cuisine and restaurant procedures, students will develop advanced skills in garde manager and a la carte cooking. The graduate will have the necessary training to work in a variety of culinary establishments as Sous Chef, Garde Manager, Kitchen Supervisor and Restaurant Manager.

Potential Employers
Our Culinary Arts alumni have gone on to work for Martha Stewart Living, the Governor of West Virginia and a variety of restaurants. A number of talented graduates have also started their own restaurants or catering ventures.  

  • Blackhawk Grille
  • La Famiglia
  • Red Lobster
  • Savannah’s

Program Outcomes
-Graduates will be employed in field, a related field, or pursuing an advanced degree.

-Graduates will demonstrate skills and knowledge appropriate for success in the culinary arts.

-Graduates will be satisfied that the curriculum has prepared them for success in field or a related field, or for the pursuit of an advanced degree.