Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts Certificate Program

If you have a great passion for cooking and the drive to pursue your goal as a professional cook, food entrepreneur, and more, there is no better time to start a career in this thriving landscape. This program provides strong culinary foundations training with a hands-on optional externship.

Students can acquire intensive professional and practical experience with culinary preparations and operation of a professional kitchen. With a focus on foundational and fundamental skills development and reinforcement, universal and widely-adopted methods and techniques of cooking as well as recipes and activities, will reinforce the same principles taught in professional culinary schools around the world. This comprehensive course covers a full basic professional cooking school curriculum including, but not limited to kitchen and food safety, knife skills, moist- and dry-heat cooking methods, seasoning, culinary nutrition, basic breads and baking, salads and dressings, and pastry basics.

By partnering with CareerSource North Central Florida, we are able to offer a scholarship for this course. To see if you qualify contact Mary Crown at 352.955.2245 ext:5958 or click the button below to submit an interest form.

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Approx 4 Months




What You’ll Learn

Understand basic food and kitchen safety and sanitation.

Select, handle and maintain a knife and demonstrate knife cuts.

Explain and demonstrate principles of egg cookery; salad production and vegetable cookery; stock, short stock.

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Who Should Attend

First-time cooks seeking to start a career as a professional cook

Entrepreneurs wishing to accquire foundational cooking techniques to help launch a culinary business

Experienced cooks brushing up on their techniques

Home cooks looking to learn these advanced techniques and methods

Career Insight

You start out as a line cook and work your way up the ladder. View a career path of becoming a chef by downloading this pdf: Culinary Career Timeline

Occupational summary for chefs and head cooks:




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Program Benefits

Small class size

In-person training and mandatory externship

Our program highlights a professional training kitchen. The facility enables students to gain familiarity with the fast-paced environment and diverse tools of a working kitchen.

Complete program quickly: 4 months part-time in the evening

Meet The Instructors

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Chef Amadeus

Professional Chef