Culinary Arts

Take one grade-A culinary program, add the desire to learn, and enjoy the sweet smell of success

Great chefs and cooks combine creativity, consistency, and skill to whip up magnificent meals. But it takes an outstanding education and plenty of practice to rise above the rest in the culinary business. So if cooking is your calling, ACC has the recipe for your culinary career. We've got training kitchens to match any top restaurant or hotel, a faculty of expert chefs, two student-run restaurants, and a commercial catering service. In addition to culinary skills, students also receive employer-preferred training in sanitation, costs, and budgeting. Internship opportunities and job placement assistance are also available. Bon appétit!

What skills can I gain?

Students develop expertise in the commercial kitchen atmosphere preparing food, planning menus, and purchasing food supplies. Some course topics include sanitation and safety, fundamentals of baking, dining room service, meat identifying and processing, beverage management, nutrition, computers in hospitality, and American regional cuisine, among others.

Each of ACC's Culinary Arts classes builds upon the previous, instilling deeper knowledge and a higher level of applicable skill. For example, culinarian certificate courses apply toward the culinary arts certificate, which apply toward the associate degree.

  • ACC's Culinarian Certificate is the basis of our commercial food and beverage education. It involves fewer classes and takes less time than the accredited culinary arts certificate but can be the foundation for that certificate or the associate degree.
  • A three-semester Certificate in Pastry Arts is available for those primarily interested in baking and bakery management.
  • ACC's two-semester Culinary Arts Certificate is accredited by the American Culinary Foundation (ACF). It covers the same food and beverage fundamentals and management principles as the associate degree, but includes fewer general education courses.
  • Our Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts, also accredited by the ACF, builds a student's basic knowledge in the food and beverage environment while providing preparation to enter management positions.

*Graduates of both ACF-accredited programs who have become junior members of the American Culinary Federation can be eligible to apply for the Certified Culinarian Certification (the first step to becoming a Chef).

Where can I work with this education?

Graduates commonly work in restaurants, hotels, and institutions, or manage food-service businesses. In commercial kitchens, staffs often include an executive chef, a sous chef who assists the executive chef, several additional chefs, and kitchen workers.

ACC offers job and internship placement assistance, departmental advising to all students, free professional development activities, and industry networking events.

How do I get started at ACC and where can I find out about financial aid?

Visit ACC's future student's page for admissions information. The financial aid page has links for eligibility and applications.