What is Culinary Arts?
Culinary Arts is the art of cooking. If you have a passion for food and creating food for other people, then Culinary Arts training may be just what you’re looking for. A culinarian is more commonly known as a cook or a chef.

What kind of Culinary Arts training can I receive at College of the Canyons?
The Culinary Arts program prepares future working cooks and chef assistants, provides courses for students desiring personal enrichment, and enhances the skills and professional qualifications of chefs and cooks currently employed in the industry. The program provides students with intensive professional and practical experience and a hands-on approach to the daily operation of a professional kitchen. There is a balance between developing the skills of food preparation and the restaurant management qualities necessary for career growth. The program focuses on cooking skills development, problem solving, and challenging students to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of culinary operations and identify entrepreneurial approaches to operations.

Where do trained culinarians work?
Trained culinarians are continually needed in both the hospitality and tourism industries. Employment in the foodservice area is growing and will continue to grow. Some career possibilities include positions in restaurants, clubs, bakeries, hotels and institutions. There are many different kinds of kitchen organization and, as a result, position titles vary. Here are some examples:
• Executive chef
• Chef de cuisine
• Sous chef
• Expediter
• Chef de partie
• Cooks and Assistants

Programs include: Culinary Arts Certificate of Achievement, Baking and Pastry Certificate of Specialization


Industry Forecasts and Facts
• The number of jobs for chefs, cooks and food preparation workers has increased 9-17% since 2004 and is projected to continue.
• 9% of employees in the US work in the restaurant industry.
• In 2007, restaurant sales will increase 5% over 2006 and will average about $1.5 billion per day.
• Restaurant sales will equal 4% o f the gross domestic product in the US in 2007.
• Over 70% of eating and drinking establishments are independently owned.
• Almost half of American adults have worked in the restaurant industry at one time.


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Want more information?

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit the Gainful Employment Information found on the Financial Aid web page.

For more information about the College of the Canyons Culinary Arts program, visit the college’s website at: canyons.edu or call 661-362-3655.

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Culinary Arts Brochure

Baking & Pastry Certificate Brochure

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Culinary Arts featured in CTE Newsletter

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iCUE YouTube video | 2:27 min.



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"People come back to me all the time with great feedback, saying our students are professional, well trained, and hungry for the position."
Cindy Schwanke
Department Chair, Chef Instructor
iCUE | Institute for Culinary Education

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