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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.


Registration: $100
Tuition: $4,000
Supplies (Books, Knife Kit, Chef Jackets, Cooking Supplies): $1,500
Total: $5,600

Financial Assistance

Contact Luis Silva, Program Director, for information on how you may qualify for tuition assistance through local community programs and partnerships such as the Monterey County Workforce Development Board or Department of Rehabilitation.

The school does not accept federal financial aid.