Culinary Arts


The Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science degree prepares LWTech graduates to work in a commercial kitchen including restaurants, bakeries, cafeterias, delis, hospitals and other specialty shops.

Students will gain skills in every facet of working in a  commercial food service operation as they learn basic cooking principles, terminology and food handling practices. Practical experience is provided with all stations of line cooking, inventory, daily specials production, garde manger work, sauce preparation and commercial equipment maintenance. Students will be prepared to work in a commercial kitchen, restaurant, catering company, cafeteria, deli or other specialty shop.

Culinary Arts AAS degree graduates will:

  • be prepared for employment as cooks, short order cooks, pantry cooks, prep cooks, front line cooks, sauté cooks, and grill cooks
  • obtain certification from the American Culinary Federation as a Certified Culinarian
  • meet the Skills Standards of American Culinary Federation
  • demonstrate excellent customer service
  • demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation, and information literacy skills
  • meet Social Science, Humanities, Written Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning distribution area outcomes

Upon graduation, students will be eligible to receive their initial ACF certifications in either culinary arts or baking arts, depending on their area of specialization.

The LWTech Culinary Arts program is certified by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and is nationally ranked as one the best culinary schools in the U.S. based on degree affordability, employment rate and average earnings.

Chef City Grill

Chef City Grill was established in 2006 and is a restaurant operated by the Culinary Arts program. Quality regional dishes are prepared by students in the program. We are committed to your complete satisfaction! Donations in the form of tips directly support Culinary Arts programs and scholarships. Donations to the LWTech Foundation directly support Culinary Arts programs and scholarships.

For more information about the grill and the latest hours and menu, visit the LWTech Campus Dining page

Additional Culinary Arts Program Information

General Admission Information

Students are admitted in Fall and Spring quarters. Entry into this program requires completion of an admissions application.

Information Sessions

Join the professors and members of the admissions team to learn more about the exciting opportunities in the Culinary Arts industry and how LWTech can help you achieve your goals during a virtual information session.



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To learn more about transferring to another college or university, please visit our Transferring from LWTech page.

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