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, sautรฉ cooks, and grill cooks
  • 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

The LWTech Culinary Arts program 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

  • Culinary Arts Program Admission Dates
    • Fall Quarter
    • Spring Quarter
  • Culinary Arts Program Class Format
    • 100% on campus

Supported certificate(s):

I-BEST Support in Accounting

Discover the advantages of I-BEST support for students pursuing the Accounting Assistant Certificate of Completion. Our comprehensive program provides in-class assistance in various areas, including writing, math, notetaking, presentation skills, study techniques, and career readiness.

What is I-BEST?

At LWTech, I-BEST classes are uniquely structured with TWO instructors in ONE classroom. One instructor is a Professional-Technical or General Education faculty member, while the other specializes in Adult Basic Education (ABE) or English Language Learning (ELL). This collaborative approach ensures that I-BEST students receive exceptional attention and support throughout their classes. With this additional academic assistance, our I-BEST classes yield remarkable student success rates, allowing them to commence their certificate programs earlier, complete their degrees faster, and acquire the necessary education for pursuing their desired careers.

To discover more about I-BEST and connect with a knowledgeable advisor, please visit our dedicated I-BEST webpage.

Entry into Culinary Arts program requires completion of the general online application.

Entry Dates

  • Fall quarter
  • Spring quarter

Additional Admission Considerations

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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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