Culinary Studies

Culinary Studies

Get a taste for your future!

The Culinary program at EMCC provides students with the creative and technical skills leading to a rewarding career in food service. EMCC offers several certificates and an associates focusing on different aspects of the art. Successful students will receive an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Culinary Studies or a Certificate of Completion in Baking and Pastry, Culinary Principles or Culinary Studies.

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.

Students are provided with a broad expanse of culinary education that includes over 500 hours of hands-on lab work in our fully equipped kitchen, as well as courses in food service 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 an Culinary 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. Take a look Inside the Program for a glimpse as to what you can expect as a Culinary student.

Gainful Employment Info: EMCC cares about your future and education decisions. For a better understanding of what your certificate will cost, how long it will take and what financial assistance is available, we’ve provided info for the Baking and Pastry CCL, Culinary Principles CCL and Culinary Studies CCL.

Course Sequence: From cakes to souffles, and safety to menu development, EMCC brings you to the heart of the industry. Your education is already mapped out for you in the checksheets:

Baking and Pastry-CCL
Culinary Principles CCL
Culinary Studies-AAS
Culinary Studies-CCL

After completing the AAS or a CCL, you will be well-prepared to begin your career path into one of many culinary industries, or you can continue your education to obtain an associate of arts degree (AAS) or transfer to a university for a bachelor's degree.

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Career and Employment Outlook

Culinary studies encompasses many different areas of specialty you can enter, with plenty of possibilities. Read more from O*NET.


Additional Info

Special requirements: In order to become a student in the Culinary Studies Program (A.A.S. and CCL's), students must complete EMCC’s qualification process. Students are required to purchase special tools and uniforms for this program.


Transfer Options

After completing the AAS or a CCL, you will be well-prepared to begin your career path into one of many culinary industries, or you can continue your education to obtain an associate of arts degree (AAS) or transfer to a university for a bachelor's degree.

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Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Bachelor of Applied Science
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Bachelor of Hotel and Restaurant Management, NAU