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Culinary Arts

Inforgraph on Culinary: 2015 starting pay $28,479 per year; 2015 median pay $46,392 per year; 2015 employment in KY 690.

What is Culinary Arts? 

A chef is more than just a good cook. A chef is an artist, organizer, manager, and leader. A chef is a professional. The right training can lead to exciting jobs. If you love to cook, you owe it to yourself to learn more. 

What are my career choices?

Culinary Arts program is designed to prepare you for careers in the Culinary Arts, Food and Beverage Management, Restaurant Management, Catering, Institutional Food Service, and as Professional Chefs.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

  • Culinary Arts Track (60-65 credit hours)
  • Food and Beverage Management Track (61-66 credit hours)  



For course description, see the Program Brochure.
For specific course requirements, see the KCTCS Course Catalog.
For a sequence of course, see the Course Sequence.
For program cost, see the estimate worksheet.
For Gainful Employment, see Gainful Employment Disclosure Information.

Admission Requirements

This program has no special admission requirements; however progression in the Culinary Arts program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of "C" or better in each technical course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better (on a 4.0 scale).

Length of Program

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

For more information

  • Dr. Michael W. Riggs, Ph.D CEC CCA FMP MFP, Program Coordinator, Professor - (270) 901-1009
  • Executive Chef Jason Lindsey, CEC CCA MFP, Instructor - (270) 901-4351

    This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog.  You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.