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Culinary Arts

Do you have a passion for food? Wherever the path might lead you, our dedicated staff and chefs will guide you toward your culinary goal.

What is Culinary Art?

The Culinary Arts program at Somerset Community College is designed to prepare students for careers in the Culinary Arts, Food and Beverage Management, Restaurant Management, Catering, Institutional Food Service, and as Professional Chefs.

Course work covers a broad spectrum: the preparation of basic and specialized foods, catering and special event planning, international cuisine, baking and pastry arts, nutrition, sanitation, management techniques and functions, cost control, purchasing and culinary fundamentals. Students work in new, state of the art facilities at the Somerset campus, along with other commercial kitchens and dining rooms through the course of study.

The program uses the teaching philosophy of the American Culinary Federation, the Academy of Chefs, the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, and the American Personal Chef Association. The program competencies are those of the American Culinary Federation.

Progression in the Culinary Arts program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of “C” or better in each technical course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better (on a 4.0 scale).

What are my career choices?

Job opportunities in the culinary industry are diverse. Cooks, chefs and food preparation workers can work in restaurants, in private homes, in schools and institutions, as caterers, pretty much anywhere there’s a need for professional food services. The kind of work is as varied as the kinds of food people want.

What are my degree, diploma or certificate options?

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AAS Degree

Download the Program Overview (pdf)

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Michael Wells

Culinary Arts

Program Coordinator


Eduardo Nazario

Culinary Arts

Program Coordinator