• Program: Culinary Arts
  • Degree: Diploma
  • Credits: Total Diploma Credits 38
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The Culinary Arts diploma prepares individuals for career opportunities in hotels, restaurants, clubs and institutional food service operations. Responsibilities may include menu planning, purchasing food, equipment, and supplies, selecting and developing recipes, selecting and using various food preparation methods and techniques. Management duties may include, but are not limited to financial planning, hiring, training and supervising employees.

Career Opportunities

Employment may be found in hotels, restaurants, clubs, health care facilities, schools, resorts and many other food related operations. Depending on qualifications and experience numerous positions are available to graduates such as restaurant cooks, banquet cooks, bakers, assistant pastry chefs, pantry personnel, kitchen managers, food salespersons, personal chefs, purchasing clerks, caterers, and entry-level chef/managers are some of the many career positions possible upon course completion. Students who complete the Culinary Arts diploma program are eligible to pursue American Culinary Federation certification. The American Culinary Federation accrediting commission nationally accredits the curriculum at Hennepin Technical College.

Award Outcomes:

  • Prepare high quality food in a cost effective manner
  • Execute a variety of menus
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan a variety of menus
  • Apply mathematical skills essential to the food service industry
  • Create a professional career plan
  • Apply analysis and problem solving to food production
  • Perform the duties of operational personnel in food service industry

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 32 Credits
General Education Requirements 6 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 0 Credits

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