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Culinary Arts Program

A chef is a mixture of artistry and craft. You have to learn the craft really to get there. - Wolfgang Puck, Chef, Restaurateur and Cookbook Author

Why Culinary Arts?

For Todd English, celebrity chef and the owner of Olives restaurants, it was the “energy” and “camaraderie” of the kitchen that drew him to a culinary career. For Alice Waters, founder of the legendary Chez Panisse in California, it was a belief that food “brings beauty and meaning to everyday life.” While Grant Achatz, owner of one of the top 50 restaurants in the world (Alinea in Chicago), says, “I always knew I wanted to be a chef,” influenced, perhaps, by the years spent working in his parents’ restaurants in Macomb and St. Clair counties.

The Culinary Arts Program at Macomb

Most of the faculty in Macomb’s Culinary Arts Program are, like English and Achatz, alumni of the American Culinary Institute in New York, and are credentialed chefs with years of practical experience to share with you. As a culinary student at Macomb, you will have the opportunity to prepare meals with them for the public in the program’s working restaurant, Center Stage, and to compete in a variety of skill-based competitions, including the International Culinary Olympics held every four years in Germany.

Culinary Arts Courses at Macomb Community College

In the Program at Macomb, you will take a variety of courses specific to your selected major, including:

  • Culinary Techniques
  • Sanitation
  • Cost Control
  • Production Baking
  • Table Service
  • Culinary Skills Development
  • Supervision
  • Purchasing
  • International Kitchen
  • Menu Planning
  • Catering
  • Garde Manger
  • Pastry Arts
  • A la Carte Dining
  • Wine Appreciation
  • Nutritional Cooking
  • Vegetarian Cuisine

Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts, Certificate in Culinary Management or Skill Specific Certificate – Prep Cook

With an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts, you will be qualified for positions that include chef, head cook, cook, first line supervisor of food preparation, food preparation worker and food service worker. With a Certificate in Culinary Management, you will be qualified for positions that include first line supervisor of food preparation. With a Skill Specific Certificate – Prep Cook, you will be qualified for positions that include cook, first line supervisor of food preparation, food preparation worker and food service worker.

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts

The credits earned in Macomb’s Culinary Arts Program transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

Macomb’s Culinary Arts Program Accreditation

National Restaurant Association: The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation has developed a series of in-service training courses that have been incorporated into these Macomb Culinary Arts Courses: CULH 1155, 1200, 1320, 1400, 1420, 1430and 2015

ACF Certified Culinarian: The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts and Certificate in Culinary Arts – Culinary Management are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC), 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095, 800.624.9458. Upon graduation, you may receive ACF Certified Culinarian status-national recognition of your accomplishments here at Macomb.

Occupational Certification

Macomb’s Workforce and Continuing Education Department offers Certification and Re-Certification programs for food service managers.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Culinary Arts Program?

For more information on the Culinary Arts Program at Macomb, contact one of the Culinary Arts Program advisors:

Professor Scott O’Farrell, 586.226.4741
Professor Jeffrey Wolf, 586.226.4740
Professor Heather Pusta, 586.286.2088

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Students test their culinary skills in the professional kitchen of Macomb’s Culinary Arts Program.
Students test their culinary skills
in the professional kitchen of
Macomb’s Culinary Arts Program.

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