Culinary Arts


Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

The Culinary Arts field is booming, and with a shortage of professional chefs, the opportunities and possibilities for lifetime careers are endless.

The Culinary Arts program at SCTCC has fun in the kitchen, experimenting with current trends and new food innovations. Students learn every aspect of the Culinary world, from safety and sanitation, to stocks, sauces, soups, starches, breakfast, baking, fabrication of steaks, poultry, and seafood. Students will also spend time learning food presentation and food art, as well as training in nutrition, sanitation, and the operation of equipment.

Students will have many opportunities to participate in college and community events that provide practical experience in the field, including membership in the local Chef's Society.

Good Stuff

"Food is my passion, and teaching what I know is the most rewarding job on earth." -Chef Jay

Skills Acquired

Through the Culinary Arts program, students will learn skills related to all aspects of the food service industry including: Culinary history, kitchen math, kitchen financial planning, food safety and sanitization, nutrition, recipe development, customer service, and all aspects of food production.   

Specifically, Culinary skills are developed in the following areas: stocks, sauces, soups, sandwich and salad production, vegetable and starch preparation, breakfast cookery, basic baking and cooking principles, meat, poultry and seafood fabrication, and food presentation/food art  

Developing teamwork and professionalism skills are emphasized in all courses. 

  • Kitchen procedures and operations 
  • Fabrication of meat, poultry, seafood 
  • Menu planning 
  • Recipe development 
  • Nutrition 
  • Food presentation 
  • Financial planning 
  • Human resources 
  • Customer relations 
  • Graduates of the Culinary Arts will be licensed in Serv-Safe. 
3-year Placement Rate
Central MN hourly salary range

Career Choices

Types of Careers

  • Sous Chef 
  • Executive Chef 
  • Station chef 
  • Food sales 
  • Product development 
  • Food styling 
  • Kitchen Manager 
  • Dining Room Manager 
  • Executive Chef 
  • Caterer 
  • Restaurant Ownership 
  • Food Sales or Brokerage positions 
  • Various Hospitality Management positions

Potential Employers

  •  Hotels/Resorts 
  • Restaurants/Clubs 
  • Healthcare Facilities 
  • Schools 
  • Brokerage Houses 
  • Food Service Distribution 
  • Product and Development Services 

Accreditations & Credentials

ServSafe Certification


 The Culinary Arts AAS degree is transferable to Mayville State University (North Dakota), Concordia University (St. Paul, MN).  Many other colleges may take your Culinary Arts degree which can transfer into a bachelor degree. 

Contact Us

Chef Jay Thomas 


Program Costs

The cost for knives, books, and uniforms is approximately $600.00 in addition to tuition and fees. 

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Clubs & Organizations

Culinary Arts students have the opportunity to be involved with Skills USA - Culinary.  This club is very active in various catering events at SCTCC, competes in local, state and national Culinary Arts competitions, and volunteers in the local community through various service-learning events.  Leadership opportunities are available for students in this club. 

SCTCC Student Clubs