Culinary Arts

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Culinary Arts

Culinary Training for Foodservice Professionals

Learn culinary arts in a real-world setting. From day one you will get hands-on training and gain practical experience in management, food preparation, and service.

Field trips to various food service establishments and an optional trip to the industry’s national convention are also included in the course of study. International travel and education opportunities are available for culinary students.

Because this program is fully accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission, graduates are provided with an opportunity for nationally-recognized certification upon completion of the program.

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year, and there are many specifically for students enrolled in Culinary Arts and other hospitality programs.

Graduates of the Culinary Arts program will be able to:

  • Employ proficiency pertaining to the care and use of an industry-standard range of professional knives.
  • Operate and safely control commercial food service equipment significant to the hospitality industry.
  • Utilize classical cooking methods to design, produce, plate, and critically analyze the quality of dishes for diverse foodservice outlets and meal periods that include short order and banquet production.
  • Demonstrate fabrication and preparation proficiency related to a variety of seafood, meat, poultry, and game proteins.
  • Distinguish between, and successfully utilize, a wide array of international food preparation techniques and ingredients.
  • Compare and assess both nutritional and food cost value related to menu design and the purchase of products for the foodservice industry.
  • Employ appropriate sanitation and safety measures in order to minimize the risks associated with foodborne illness.
  • Calculate and interpret fundamental food service cost bases including food and beverage percentages and costs associated with inventory management.

A program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.

Program Requirements

To get into the Culinary Arts program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

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What career could this lead to?

Graduates with a Culinary Arts degree can obtain jobs in a variety of different career opportunities.
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Mission Statement

Educate and develop future leaders for the culinary profession.


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