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.

Program Services:

  • 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
  • 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 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.

Graduation Requirements

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

Registration: $100
Tuition: $4,000
Supplies (books, knife kit, chef jackets, cooking supplies): $1,500
Total: $5,600

Financial Assistance

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