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Culinary Arts


Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Culinary Arts program, offered at COA – Edenton-Chowan, will help prepare you for a career in a wide variety of food service settings including full-service restaurants, hotels, resorts, clubs, catering operations, contract food service vendors and healthcare facilities.

Degree and Certificate Options

  • Culinary Arts — Diploma
  • Culinary Arts — Certificate I
  • Culinary Arts — Certificate II

Core Classes

  • Critical thinking, communication and teamwork skills
  • Business ethics
  • American and international cuisines
  • Food preparation
  • Food and beverage service
  • Baking
  • Food production and hospitality supervision
  • Sanitation

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  1. Demonstrate proper safety and sanitation procedures in a food service operation
  2. Perform appropriate knife cuts accurately to industry standards
  3. Execute proper cooking techniques to achieve appropriate culinary methodologies
  4. Measure ingredients and scale recipes precisely


Entry-level employment opportunities include line cook, station chef and assistant pastry chef, with additional workplace experience leading to higher positions like sous chef, executive chef and food service manager.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Curriculum Guides

Culinary Arts Diploma Curriculum Guide (PDF)

Culinary Arts Certificate I and II Curriculum Guides (PDF)