Culinary Arts

Live what you love

If you are creative, enjoy the constantly evolving food service industry, work well with people, and have a love of food, a career in culinary arts may be the best place to launch your career. Graduates of the program become chefs, independent restaurateurs, bakers or pastry chefs, sales staff for the food industry, food service managers, and corporate chefs. Students learn and grow their skills in a newly constructed commercial kitchen custom-designed for educational purposes. They enjoy small class sizes and rapid progression to graduation through four consecutive 15-week semesters. The program is rich with practical experience in American regional and international cuisines. Courses are offered in traditional and blended delivery. The program requires day, evening, and some Saturday hours.


American Culinary Federation

Lakeshore's Culinary Arts Associate Degree Program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

Culinary Student Achievement Data

Career Area
Hospitality and Tourism
Associate Degree
Program Number
  • Associate Degree
  • 4 Terms 
  • 61 Credits
  • Financial Aid Eligible
  • Starts August
  • Employer Tuition-Reimbursement Programs available

The Associate degree program prepares you for management positions and offers advanced training so you can go on to earn your Bachelor's Degree

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Career Outlook

Culinary Arts

Median Income: $31,316.00*


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Mix and bake ingredients to produce breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, or other baked goods. Pastry chefs in restaurants and hotels are included with “Chefs and Head Cooks”


Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.


Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.


Prepare meals in private homes. Includes personal chefs.


Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.


Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in preparing and serving food.



*Lightcast/EMSI data is a hybrid dataset derived from official government sources such as the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Bureau of Labor Statistics. This salary data is from the Lakeshore District.


Work with Admissions Advisor to:

  • Submit Application
  • Complete the Student Success Questionnaire.
  • Complete Technical Standards form.
  • Schedule your First Time Program Counseling/Registration Session with your assigned program counselor to plan your first semester schedule, review your entire plan of study and discuss the results of the Student Success Questionnaire.

*Submit transcripts and test scores (optional, highly recommended): College transcripts, along with high school transcripts and test scores from within the last five years, used for course registration. Official transcripts needed for transferring college credit(s) and for financial aid purposes.

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Students learn and hone their skills in a newly constructed commercial kitchen custom-designed for educational purposes.

Faculty Bios

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Amanda Weber

I certainly have a passion for this industry and love sharing with you how to take your Culinary degree to the next level!

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Benjamin Reynolds

I believe we should never stop learning, especially in the Culinary field. To share my passion for hospitality and food service is an absolute dream come true. 

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