Culinary & Baking Arts


Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) offers a Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science and a Baking Arts AAS degree.

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.

Baking Arts

The Baking Arts AAS degree prepares graduates for employment opportunities in a professional pastry kitchen, bakeshop, or business with professional product lines. Students develop academic knowledge and occupational skills that are required for job acquisition, retention and advancement. Students must always have a valid Washington State Health Card and will test for their Serve Safe Certificate. This certification is required by many Puget Sound employers.

These programs are certified by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). 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.

When you complete the culinary or baking program at LWTech you will be prepared for employment in a variety of food service settings. Lake Washington Tech graduates have worked at many leading local and national businesses including, the Marriott, Compass Group, Mikes Amazing Cakes, Trophy Cupcakes, Whole Foods, Le Panier, just to name a few. Whether you’ve dreamed of becoming and Executive Chef for a five-star restaurant or owning your own bakery, our program is the perfect place to get started.

  • Receive real-world industry job training.
  • Gain production experience and build your work portfolio.
  • The classrooms are an actual working restaurant and bakery, open to the public.
  •  Learn skills in business management, nutrition and safety and sanitation
  •  Participate in competitions.
  •  Obtain American Culinary Federation (ACF) certification.
  • Accredited through the American Culinary Federation.

Both programs are available at LWTech's Kirkland campus, located just outside of Seattle.

Admission Requirements

Entry into this program requires completion of an admissions application.

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Gainful Employment

Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 require institutions to report aggregated information for students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). These regulations include the disclosure of tuition and fees, books and supplies, on-campus room and board, number of students completing the program, median student loan debt, and job placement rates which must be available to all prospective students. Below lists disclosures for Title IV eligible certificates offered within this academic program. Please visit LWTech's Gainful Employment page for more details.