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Culinary Arts


Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Culinary Arts program, offered at the Edenton-Chowan Campus, 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, you’ll:

  1. Complete all requirements for a ServSafe™ sanitation certificate
  2. Demonstrate six classic French knife cuts
  3. Demonstrate correct baking mixing methods
  4. Demonstrate proficiency of four key concepts of culinary math: measurement and equivalents; recipe conversion; cost per unit, as purchased and edible portion; recipe, plate, menu, food costs and selling price


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

Gainful Employment Disclosures