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Culinary Arts

If you enjoy being creative in the kitchen, Virginia College’s culinary arts programs could be a good fit for you. In as little as 36 weeks, our culinary arts and pastry arts diploma/certificate programs could teach you the practical and professional skills to start a career in the restaurant business.

Choose your path. Change your future.

This is where it all begins. Choose the culinary arts or pastry arts program at Virginia College, and we’ll provide hands-on training in the kitchen to help you prepare for your next step towards a new career.

Our culinary arts diploma/certificate programs were created to teach you the techniques to enter a fast-moving, growing field. Careers as a chef or head cook are projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.1 As the population grows and others retire, the BLS predicts a continual growth in food services, and Virginia College can help you prepare for a culinary career.

We offer both pastry arts and culinary arts programs. Whether you are interested in learning how to cater an event, cook for a top restaurant, or make elaborate cakes, Virginia College has a program to fit your needs. Our culinary arts diploma/certificate program has helped our graduates stand out to a variety of employers in the food industry, from traditional restaurants to cruise ships, and in between.

1 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Chefs and Head Cooks, on the Internet https://www.bls.gov/ooh/food-preparation-and-serving/chefs-and-head-cooks.htm (visited March 26, 2018). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Virginia College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.