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Culinary Arts

Industry Description
The food service and hospitality industry provide the largest segment of private employers in the country and offers varied career opportunities for those with a passion for cooking. The culinary arts segment of the industry provides opportunities for careers as a cook, chef, restaurant manager, food and beverage director, baker, pastry chef or caterer.  

Department Overview
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The Culinary Arts program is designed to prepare students for success in the food service and hospitality industry. It provides opportunities to learn the basic skills in product knowledge, food production, service and management while incorporating extensive hands-on instruction and internship opportunities.

The Wine Country Culinary Institute at WWCC is accredited by the American Culinary Federation and operates in a state of the art facility on our main campus, as well as a satellite commercial kitchen at the Center for Enology and Viticulture. Our commitment to Culinary Arts teaching and learning is evident in both our facilities and curriculum. We are a student centered program with an active Culinary Arts Club and opportunities to participate in structured labs, classroom and hands-on learning environments.


Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Culinary Arts upon completion of the two-year program of study.

Career Opportunities
  • Cook
  • Kitchen Manager
  • Banquet Manager
  • Pastry Chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Chef
  • Executive Chef
  • Food and Beverage Director
  • Independent Restaurant Operator

Entrance Requirements
In order to start this program, the placement process must be completed through the Testing Center. Visit for more information.

Other Information
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