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 college’s McCreary Center, 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).

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
$46,594
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low: $33k med: $47k high: $71k

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.

Culinary Arts Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Culinary Arts Professional Development $46,594
Baking $23,738
Fundamentalist of Culinary Arts $42,047
Culinary Arts $42,047
Food and Beverage Management $42,047
Advanced Culinary Arts $42,047
Advanced Food and Beverage Management $46,594
Culinary Arts - Diploma $42,047
Food and Beverage Management- Diploma $42,047
Culinary Arts - Associate's Degree $46,594
Food and Beverage Management - Associate's Degree $46,594

What are my degree, diploma or certificate options?

Advising Plans

CERTIFICATES 
Fundamentals of Culinary Arts
(16 credit hours)
Catering (16 credit hours)
Advanced Catering (42-44 credit hours)
Culinary Arts (32-36 credit hours)
Advanced Culinary Arts (44-47 credit hours)
Food and Beverage Management
(31-34 credit hours)
Advanced Food and Beverage Management
(44-46 credit hours)
Culinary Arts Professional Development
(12 credit hours)
Baking (12 credit hours)
DIPLOMAS
Culinary Arts (48-53 credit hours)
Food and Beverage Management
(49-54 credit hours)
Catering and Personal Chef
(50-55 credit hours)
AAS DEGREE
AAS in Culinary Arts:
Culinary Arts Degree Option
(65 credit hours)
Food and Beverage Management Degree Option 
(65 credit hours)
Catering and Personal Chef Degree Option 
(67 credit hours)

For class listings please refer to the Class Schedule.

Additional Information

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.

Program Contact

Michael Wells
Culinary Arts
Program Coordinator
606.376.7604
michaele.wells@kctcs.edu

Eduardo Nazario
Culinary Arts
Program Coordinator
606.376.7606
ed.nazario@kctcs.edu