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Culinary Arts

Program Overview

As Julia Childs once said, “No one is born a great cook; one learns by doing.” The Culinary Arts program can help you learn by doing while helping you sharpen your skills – no matter what your prior experience is.

The Culinary Arts program covers a wide curriculum of hands-on training to help you become the toast of the town – as a cook, pastry or restaurant chef, baker, caterer, or butcher. Our expert instructors will teach you culinary and baking concepts and techniques, nutrition, and theory, all in the production of culinary products. You will also learn about the formulation of multiple flavors, textures, and colors in preparing classic and modern sweet desserts, breads, pastry products, decorative showpieces, and special occasion cakes – those that are marketable and reflect industry trends. You will be taught how to identify a variety of meats from wild and domestic animals, how to use common meat processing tools, and much more! We will also train you in following safety and sanitation standards and food service management.

Raise a glass today and get started with the Culinary Arts program!

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why Estrella Mountain Community College?

Use your foodie talent to make money! If you love treating people to good foods from around the globe, the Culinary Arts program at EMCC may be right for you. Get the creative and technical skills that lead to a rewarding career in foodservice. EMCC offers several certificates and an associate degree focusing on different aspects of the art. Classes are taught by instructors who have worked within the industry, using the latest tools and trends, sharing their personal knowledge and experience to prepare you to work in this very diverse field that blends creativity and cuisine. Get a broad expanse of culinary education that includes more than 500 hours of hands-on lab work in our fully equipped kitchen, as well as courses in foodservice management. The program also serves lunch during the fall and spring semesters in our on-campus restaurant, Regions. A variety of courses are offered in different cuisines, buffet, cold kitchen, and baking to provide a well-rounded education that trains students for jobs in the professional food service and/or baking and pastry industry. Graduates of the program are prepared for entry-level positions in the kitchens of restaurants, hotels, caterers, and institutional operations. When you enroll in a Culinary Arts program, you become part of the Culinary Institute at EMCC, which helps students succeed by offering educational networks, scholarships, internships and other professional opportunities within their selected field of study.