Culinary Arts Program
20 Week Course Culinary Arts Program
Teaching skills, changing lives
The growing hospitality industry provides countless career opportunities for those trained and qualified as a kitchen professional. Goodwill’s Culinary Arts Program helps motivated students carve out a career that provides job security in a collaborative, creative environment.
Learn valuable culinary techniques from trained chef-instructors in Goodwill’s professionally equipped kitchen. The 20-week course allows students to learn all aspects of the culinary arts, providing hands-on training with frequent one-on-one instruction.
- Accepts candidates from all walks of life, including those facing a wide variety of obstacles and challenges.
- Classes are bilingual (English and Spanish).
- The interactive approach takes place in a fully equipped, commercial kitchen with two instructors and a maximum of eight students.
- Students gain valuable work experience in catering and events management at the Monterey Bay Events Center, including weddings and corporate events.
- The curriculum includes opens in a new windowServSafe certification from the National Restaurant Association, a mandatory certification in the foodservice industry.
- The program provides job preparation and placement services to gain employment upon completion of the course.
Culinary Arts Training Topics:
- Hot and Cold Food Production
- Basic Baking
- Soups, Stocks, and Sauces
- Meal Planning
- Plate Presentation
- Recipes, Menus and Quality Control
- Knife Skills
- Tool/Equipment Maintenance and Operation
- Math Skills for Food Service
- Food Cost Control
- Purchasing and Receiving Procedures and Controls
- Buffet Service Techniques and Principles
- Conference Center Preparation and Planning
- Hands-on Experience in Full-Scale Catering
- Job-Seeking Skills and Placement Assistance
Culinary Arts Program Entrance Requirements
Students must interview with the program director and demonstrate an interest in working toward employment in the fast-paced culinary field. Candidates must possess a fifth-grade reading level, show sixth-grade math skills, be able to lift up to 25 pounds, and have the mobility to move freely in a kitchen environment. Students will be required to wear a uniform and approved shoes to class.
To schedule a tour and interview, call (831) 883-5718.
Students must complete all curriculum assignments, earn a passing grade on required exams, pass the ServSafe food test, and maintain an overall attendance at least 90 percent. Successful graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible for placement assistance.
Program Schedule (Bi-lingual, Spanish/English)
The 20-week course takes place Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., with some evening and weekend attendance required.
Culinary Arts Program Cost
Supplies (books, knife kit, chef jackets, cooking supplies): $1,500
Contact program director Luis Silva for information on how you may qualify for tuition assistance through local community programs and partnerships, such as the opens in a new windowMonterey County Workforce Development Board or Department of Rehabilitation. Federal financial aid is not accepted.
Monterey Bay Event Center & Culinary Arts School
249 10th St. Marina, CA 93933 | 831-883-5718