Culinary Arts

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

The Culinary Arts program prepares students to be professional chefs, making the opportunities and possibilities for lifetime careers endless. With a Culinary Arts degree from SCTCC, you are certain to find success in your future career.

At SCTCC, we have fun in the kitchen and experiment with current trends and new food innovations. We guarantee all students are experienced and up to date with what’s new in the culinary world.

Students learn every aspect of the culinary world they need for a successful career at SCTCC. We teach our students safety and sanitation procedures, the formulation of stocks, sauces, soups, starches, breakfast, baking, and even the fabrication of steaks, poultry, and seafood.

SCTCC students also spend time learning food presentation and food art to create plates of food to be proud of. We even train students in nutrition, sanitation, and the appropriate, safe operation of equipment.

At SCTCC, we give students in the Culinary Arts program the opportunity to participate in college and community events that provide practical experience in the field, so all graduates will be prepared to take on the workforce. Being in the Culinary Arts program includes a membership in the local Chef's Society.

Placement rate from self-reported data of employment in field of study up to one year post graduation.

2021 Placement
Central MN Median Wage

Wage data is from Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

From Degree to Career

When you choose the Culinary Arts program at SCTCC, you’ll gain skills that will directly transfer to the workplace. There are several employers in the St. Cloud area that are ready to hire chefs in the restaurant industry.

Through the Culinary Arts program, students learn skills related to all aspects of the food service industry including, Culinary history, kitchen math, kitchen financial planning, food safety and sanitization, nutrition, recipe development, customer service and relations, and all aspects of food production.

Specifically, Culinary skills at SCTCC are developed in the following areas; stocks, sauces, soups, sandwich and salad production, vegetable and starch preparation; breakfast cookery, basic baking and cooking principles; meat, poultry, and seafood fabrication; and food presentation and food art.

At SCTCC, we emphasize developing teamwork and professionalism skills in every course you take. Students will learn to master kitchen procedures and operations, menu planning, recipe development, nutrition facts, and human resources.

Every Culinary Arts degree graduate from SCTCC will be licensed in Serv-Safe, ensuring that you will be ready to take on your future career.

Quick Glance

  • Kitchen procedures and operations 
  • Fabrication of meat, poultry, seafood 
  • Menu planning 
  • Recipe development 
  • Nutrition 
  • Food presentation 
  • Financial planning 
  • Human resources 
  • Customer relations 
  • Graduates of the Culinary Arts will be licensed in Serv-Safe.

Our SCTCC graduates have gone on to create successful careers in the Culinary Arts field. From sous chef, product development, to kitchen manager, a graduate from SCTCC is certain to find a career perfect for them.

With a Culinary Arts degree, your options are limitless. You can become an executive or station chef, a grocery retailer, a dining room manager, caterer, or even a restaurant owner. Graduates also have opportunities in positions for food styling, food sales or brokerage, or various hospital management.

A day in the life of a SCTCC Culinary Arts graduate consists of working as an executive chef at local restaurants or clubs, and using the skills taught at SCTCC to stand out in their career.

Quick Glance

Types of Careers

  • Sous Chef 
  • Executive Chef 
  • Station chef 
  • Grocery Retail
  • Product development 
  • Food styling 
  • Kitchen Manager 
  • Dining Room Manager 
  • Caterer 
  • Restaurant Ownership 
  • Food Sales or Brokerage positions 
  • Various Hospitality Management positions

Potential Employers

  • Hotels/Resorts 
  • Restaurants/Clubs 
  • Healthcare Facilities 
  • Grocer/Fresh Food Service
  • Schools 
  • Brokerage Houses 
  • Food Service Distribution 
  • Product and Development Services

In our Culinary Arts program, we ensure every student has the opportunity to graduate with a ServSafe Certification. At SCTCC, it is our mission that every graduate is ready to take on the workforce, learn more about the certification below.

ServSafe Certification

At SCTCC, you can easily transfer your Culinary Arts AAS to earn a bachelor’s degree from several top colleges in the area. From Mayville State University (North Dakota), Concordia University (St. Paul, MN), and many others. Our students have the choice of top colleges to master their skills before entering the workforce.

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Ready to Take the Next Step?

Are you ready to learn more about the Culinary Arts program and being a student at SCTCC? Contact our instructors directly or join us for a Business Info Session to meet with instructors and Admissions representatives to get started.

Connect with the SCTCC Admissions team:

  • Call us at 320-308-5089
  • Email us at
  • On campus Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Meet the Admissions Staff.

Culinary Lab

Culinary Kitchen Virtual Tour

Paying for College

Students choose SCTCC for a lot of reasons, but saving money is one reason we hear from almost every student at SCTCC. We’ve got a breakdown of the costs for the program, along with information on financial aid and scholarships.

The cost for knives, books, and uniforms is approximately $600 in addition to tuition and fees.

Check out SCTCC Scholarships - apply once and be considered for all eligible scholarships.

Current Students

Current Culinary Arts students - this is your place for information.

Chef Jay Thomas
Office: 1-307 320-308-5037

Culinary Arts students have the opportunity to be involved with Skills USA - Culinary. This club is active in various catering events at SCTCC and the students compete in local, state, and national Culinary Arts competitions. Skills USA – Culinary also volunteers in the local community through various service-learning events. Students even have the opportunity for leadership roles, to strengthen their skills as a Culinary artist. SCTCC Student Clubs

SCTCC Culinary