Culinary Arts


Our program highlights competency-based training through progressive learning units. A large portion of the training will take place in our training kitchens, providing students lots of “kitchen time” to allow their skill levels to grow. Utilizing a ‘hands-on’ food production approach, students will be working individually or in small groups. Additionally, “Core” Culinary academic skills are incorporated into the student’s training schedule. These additional skill classes will include Nutrition, Purchasing & Inventory, Restaurant management, menu, and other “core” classes.

Each unit of focus starts with the culinary basics class. Subsequent food production classes develop more advanced techniques and provide for more in-depth student evaluation.

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Start Date
Training Times
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Training Hours Exception
Depending on the training segment, classes may be scheduled as early as 5:00 a.m. or finish as late as 9 p.m, or later if it involved a catered event. Even if so, it will not exceed a 7-hour training day. Monday through Friday with some weekend classes. Approximately 10-hours a week of homework is required.
Industry Certification

In addition to the Culinary Arts Technology certificate, students can also prepare for and earn the following industry certification:

  • ServSafe® Manager Certification

The program has a long-standing reputation for providing skilled, creative cooks and bakers for the hospitality industry. The demand for trained, qualified professionals far exceeds supply, and job prospects for graduates are excellent.

Our program is designed for more than securing employment. It is designed to give graduates the skills they need to advance into the kitchen, bakery, and even restaurant management. Cooking is creative and people-oriented, but it is also a business. You need experience in budgeting, purchasing, personnel management, and menu planning to be successful.

Tuition and Fees Charges

For specific tuition and fee requirements for this training program, click here.

Refund Policy

AVTEC has a fair and equitable refund policy. For details about the Refund and Repayment Policy, click here.

Admission Policy and Process

Find out the requirements and application process for admission to AVTEC and this program, here.

Academic Requirements

AVTEC requires completion of the TABE Academy, an online course using skill based lessons, to determine individual readiness in math and reading as applied to the greatest success in training. More information can be found here.

Information Technology

There are no Information Technology Requirements for this program.

Employment Requirements

There are no Employment Requirements for this program.

Program Specific Requirements
  • Follow uniform protocol, and practice good personal hygiene.
  • Follow attendance guidelines and be on time.
  • Be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Able to be on your feet for long periods of time, and sometimes work in “extreme” temperature conditions, (hot kitchens, freezer inventory).
  • Follow all safety rules with equipment and keep your area clean and organized.
  • Be aware that minor injuries do occur in this field. Minor cuts, burns.
Office Phone
(907) 224-6107
B.S. Philosophy, University of Oregon
Professional Chefs Certification, California Culinary Academy
Office Phone
(907) 224-6108
A.A. Pastry Arts, Johnson & Wales University
Certificate du Patisserie, Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, France
Certified Culinary Educator
Certified Executive Pastry Chef
Alaska Culinary Association Chef of the Year
Approved Practical Examiner
Culinary Arts
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Employability Skills
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Participate in school safety orientation, complete achievement tests, participate in resume writing and job search training, and participate in an interview and communications training.
Introduction to Professional Cooking I
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Basic Cooking theory and practical application, centering on the understanding and use of Standardized cooking methods. This “Baseline class ” is a introduction of how professional kitchens work, and the necessary skills cooks need to be successful in the hospitality industry. Besides theory and application, A large percentage of this class emphasizes the importance of Culinary “Core skills”. They include, Professionalism, Safety, Culinary Math, Knife skills, Culinary Terminology, Weights and measures, equipment identification, The history of Hospitality, and Discussions of career opportunities. All the skills a Novice Culinarian needs to begin their training.
Introduction to Professional Cooking II
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Standardized cooking methods, being put to practical use in the production of: Mother/Leading sauce production, Fabrication of Beef, Fish, Chicken & Poultry, Basic Soups & Stocks.
Culinary Math
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Culinary Math begins with memorizing and converting between the standard kitchen system of weights and measures and a review of decimals, fractions, and percents. Students then learn to cost ingredients, convert recipe sizes, and complete food cost forms. This course prepares the student for production, baking, purchasing, and menu development labs.
ServSafe®, Food Protection Management
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The ServSafe® class has become the industry standard in food safety and sanitation training and is accepted in most United States jurisdictions that require employee certification. This course has been developed using the most accurate, up-to-date information for all levels of employees in all aspects of safe food handling. Successful completion of this class will give the student a ServSafe Manager certification that is good for 5 years.
Nutrition for the Culinary Professionals
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This course provides the most accurate, up-to-date information for culinary students and professionals who need to use nutritional principles to evaluate and modify menus and respond to the customers’ needs; covers characteristics of the major nutrients, how to maximize nutrient retention in food preparation, and apply the principle of nutrient needs throughout the life cycle to menu planning and preparation.
Breakfast Production
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This progressive class begins in the Introduction to Professional Cooking II class with basic instruction with how to flip eggs in a pan and making omelets. the final part of the class follows with two weeks working a full breakfast kitchen. During the two weeks, students will cook "to order" a rotating breakfast menu, covering such skills as omelet production, griddle work, breakfast cold foods, and banquet style entrees.
Volume Food Production
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Designed to develop the basic cooking skills and work habits needed for preparing and serving food in quantity. The training emphasis will first be on variations of the basic cooking methods and skills, which will then be applied to food preparations for 50 people or more. The styles of production will focus on skills used in banquets, catering, as well as the cafeteria-style set-ups. Also stressed are organizational skills, timing, sanitation, safety, and presentation.
Culinary Baking
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Cooks, especially in small operations and remote locations, are often required to produce a variety of baked goods, from breads to finished desserts. This course develops the basic baking skills commonly used in most kitchens. Skills in baking basics give the student a more balanced and marketable skill level.
Beverage Skills
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This course introduces students to the basics of beverage management and how to profitably manage a beverage operation. The study involves a survey of wine, beer, distilled spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages including coffee and tea.
Purchasing and Inventory
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Basic principles of inventory, purchasing and receiving food, beverage equipment, contract services, and supplies; apply knowledge of quality standards and food product regulations to the purchasing function; primary focus is on inventory, product identification, supplier selection, and the subsequent ordering, receiving, storing, and issuing process.
Advanced Savory and Pastry Arts
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Focuses on developing the skills used in the Garde manger kitchen in the production and presentation of buffet and catered events, pate and sausage preparation, and hors d’oeuvres and centerpieces, menu planning, organizational technique, and sanitation. Also includes advanced baking skills used in restaurants, hotels, resorts, and specialty bakeries, you will develop skills in basic candy making, European hearth and bread production, dessert presentation, cold soufflés, and working with Fresh pasta. These two units run concurrently during the school year.
Restaurant Management
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Focuses on the development of various styles of food service menus, layout and design, basic menu planning; consideration of relationships between menu, nutrition, sales, purchasing, food and labor cost controls, and facility; develop skills needed to work into management (chef) position within food service operation; smaller, remote operations may require the cook to plan the menu. Prepares the successful student to progress from employee to supervisor; Develops skills in human relations, personnel management, and evaluates styles of leadership. Addresses the nuts and bolts of management: interviewing, communication, job descriptions, training methods, evaluations, conflict resolution, stress, time, and organizational techniques.
Dining Room Management
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This course offers culinary students an introduction to customer service, types of table service, and the skills necessary to achieve quality service goals. During the course, students will examine the qualities of a professional server and how to exceed customer needs and create successful mise en place. A survey of industry segments and equipment is also covered and concludes with the nuts and bolts of table service and the role of managers in service.
Restaurant Practicum
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This course is designed to develop the skills needed to be able to work as a “line cook” in preparing menu items to order. This type of cooking skill is used primarily when working in restaurants, resorts, and hotels. Students rotate through various cooking stations depending on the methods utilized for a working restaurant. Along with cooking methods, instruction will focus on mise en place, organization, timing, sanitation, safety, and plate presentation. This course is also designed to develop the skills needed to be able to work as a Baker, making pastries presented primarily in restaurants, resorts, and hotels. Students will be responsible for developing recipes and menu items, breads, pastries, and desserts featured in the Academy Café. Along with production skills, instruction will focus on mise en place, organization, timing, teamwork, sanitation, safety, and plate presentation.