Careers in Culinary Arts

Culinary ArtsWhat does a Culinary Arts professional do?

  • Plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates the operation of a kitchen
  • Caters events, parties, and dinners for clients
  • Specializes in frying, baking, roasting, broiling, and sauce cookery
  • Creates new recipes to build a reputation as an expert
  • Is responsible for food purchasing, estimates of consumption, menu planning, and price rates
  • Specializes in preparing and cooking exotic dishes, foods of foreign flavor, and elaborate dishes
  • Arranges special menus for conventions, training seminars, and workshops
  • Supervises and manages a kitchen staff including interviewing, hiring, and firing kitchen workers
  • Oversees or supervises the serving and mixing of alcoholic beverages

What careers are open to me when I graduate from DMACC's program with my Associate's degree in Culinary Arts?

  • Assistant chef
  • Food and beverage manager
  • Resort cook
  • Catering chef
  • Restaurant owner

What else should I consider about this program or career choice?

  • Your success depends upon on developing strong organizational skills.
  • You'll need strong math skills.
  • You may work irregular hours, including nights and/or holidays and weekends.
  • If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, we'll give you the knowledge to go into business for yourself.
  • The average starting salary for graduates is about $23,000.