Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts



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.

Program Title:
Culinary Arts

Award Type:

Credits: Total Diploma Credits 38
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

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.

Choose Total Diploma Credits 38 credits from the following areas:
Technical Studies Required: 32 Credits
CULA1000 Food Service Math 1
CULA1106 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry 2
CULA1116 Sanitation and Safety 1
CULA1126 Basic Baking and Pastry 4
CULA1136 Basic Garde Manger and Entrem├ętier 4
CULA1156 Basic Food Preparation 4
CULA1525 Dining Room Service 4
CULA1530 Advanced Baking and Pastry 4
CULA1535 Advanced Garde Manger and Entrem├ętier 4
CULA1540 Advanced Food Preparation 4
Technical Studies Electives: 0 Credits
General Education Required: 6 Credits

Choose 6 Credits from the following:
COMM1040 Job Seeking Skills 2
COMM1050 Communication in the Workplace 2
COMM2050 Interpersonal Communication 3
ECON2200 Principles of Microeconomics 3
PHIL2100 Critical Thinking 3
PHIL2200 Ethics 3
SOCI2100 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOCI2130 Food, Culture and Society 3
General Education Electives: 0 Credits