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Become a Culinary Professional

Are you looking to gain valuable work skills in the food industry? The Culinary Arts Program teaches students a variety of culinary techniques, preparing you for jobs in all phases of food production. Curriculum includes ServSafe certification from the National Restaurant Association — a mandatory certificate for all food service establishments.

Graduates also receive job seeking skills and job placement assistance.

Training is offered on an open entry/open exit basis with intake on an open enrollment basis as space is available. Enrollment is limited to eight students. Classwork includes a daily lecture followed by hands-on training. Students also participate in the operation of our Monterey Bay Event Center, giving you the opportunity to receive real kitchen and food preparation experience.

Program Services:

  • Hands-on training in meal preparation in a commercial kitchen with interactive classroom activities.
  • Work experience in catering and events management at the Monterey Bay Events Center including weddings and business meetings.
  • ServeSafe® Food Manager testing preparation and certification
  • Job preparation and job placement services for immediate employment upon completion of the course.

Training Topics:

  • Hot and Cold Food Production
  • Basic Baking
  • Soups, Stocks and Sauces
  • Meal Planning
  • Nutrition
  • 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 & Controls
  • Buffet Service Techniques and Principles
  • Conference Center Preparation and Planning
  • Hands-on Experience in preparing food for conference center events
  • Job-Seeking Skills

Applying to the Culinary Arts Program

Entrance Requirements

Students will interview with the instructor and demonstrate an interest in working in the fast- paced culinary field. A student must possess a 5th grade reading level and 6th grade math skills, ability to lift up to 25 pounds, and 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, please call (831) 883-5718.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all curriculum assignments, earn a passing grade on required exams, pass the NRA serving safe food test, and maintain an overall attendance of 90% or better. Successful graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible for placement assistance.

Program Schedule (Bi-lingual, Spanish/English)

20 weeks, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm. Some nights and weekends may be required.