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Culinary Arts

Associate Degree Program

Are you passionate about cooking? Delaware Tech stands ready to feed you a delectable culinary education. Our Culinary Arts program is designed to teach innovative trends in the food service industry while providing an atmosphere for learning that encourages student growth, teamwork, and diversity that result in lifelong learning and employment in the food service industry. Classes are a combination of classroom lecture and hands-on cooking. As a graduate, you will also be prepared to transfer your knowledge and skills to an advanced degree in Food Service Management. 

This program is offered at the Dover and Stanton campuses.

What You Can Do

In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for positions such as:

  • Bakers and Pastry Chefs
  • Executive Chefs and Sous Chefs
  • Food Service Managers
  • Kitchen Managers
  • Line Cooks
What You Will Earn

Competitive starting salaries range from $23,000-$35,000

What You Will Learn

Program Graduate Competencies

The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.

  1. Perform standard culinary procedures using the appropriate knives, tools and equipment.
  2. Explain and apply the basic principles of sustainability, food sanitation, and safety in the work environment.
  3. Use principles of food preparation to produce a variety of hot and cold food products within realistic time constraints.
  4. Apply the fundamentals of baking science to the preparation of a variety of products.
  5. Apply the principles of nutrition to menu development and food preparation.
  6. Evaluate styles of leadership and develop skills in human relations and personnel management
  7. Apply the principles of menu planning and cost controls for sustainable purchasing of food and non-food items.
  8. Perform dining room service functions and quality customer service.
  9. Categorize alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and explain laws and procedures related to responsible alcohol service.

Core Curriculum Competencies

The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as an associate degree graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.

  1. Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  2. Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
  3. Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
  5. Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
  6. Use computer technology appropriate to the field.
  7. Use scientific and mathematical reasoning appropriate to the technology.

Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree?

This is a Connected Degree program that enables you to complete your associate degree and then transfer to a four-year degree program as a junior. See a program advisor for details!