A.A.S. Culinary Arts

The Degree

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Outlook

The culinary arts field is diverse and offers many pathways for you to explore. Earning your degree in Culinary Arts from FLCC gives you flexibility to apply your education to a rewarding culinary career. Your degree will lead you to explore job opportunities at a variety of venues such as restaurants, hotels, casinos, banquet and catering companies, retail outlets, or at the collegiate or university level. With food service positions continuing to grow in demand, career opportunities are on the rise in the food service industry.

The Program

Pursuing our degree program in Culinary Arts will equip you with a foundation of knowledge in culinary arts and wine and beverage education. Combined with a solid core curriculum, you'll attain practical kitchen management skills in the classroom, which will make you marketable to employers. As a student in this program, you'll experience your culinary lab courses at the modern New York Wine & Culinary Center—which is just a short distance from our main campus. Taking your lab classes at this center will provide you hands-on experience in a real-world setting.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the A.A.S. Culinary Arts program, students will be able to:

  • Consistently model standards of culinary professionalism. 
  • Apply universal quality standards for raw ingredients as well as finished products. 
  • Prescribe appropriate principles of cooking and preparation of food products. 
  • Demonstrate ancillary skills including cost control, food service sanitation, and front of the house service according to accepted industry best practices. 
  • Transition from working as an individual to working as contributing member of a vibrant, functional team. 

The Experience

In your program experience, your culinary classes resemble what is typically expected in a professional kitchen setting. Combined with our lab and food sequence courses, you'll assist with operating a fine dining restaurant experience. For a select few Friday evenings each fall semester, our program hosts Dinner at Julia, which offers innovative, multi-course menus that are designed by our Culinary Arts students. And, as you complete your degree, you'll be prepared to be involved in service learning assignments assisting with food service events and competitions in the FLCC community.

The Graduates

Earning your degree in Culinary Arts will prepare you to pursue a variety of positions in the dynamic culinary arts field. From chef to caterer and restaurant cook to food and beverage manager, your FLCC education will provide you the opportunity to explore a variety of career opportunities in this field. With this degree, you'll also be prepared to transfer after graduation and continue your studies in Culinary Arts or pursue other four-year programs such as Hotel and Resort Management or Tourism Management.

The Faculty

Our Culinary Arts faculty brings a variety of real-world experiences in the restaurant industry to the classroom. From working as chefs to managing restaurants to teaching public classes at the local New York Wine and Culinary Center, you'll learn from knowledgeable faculty in your Culinary Arts classes. Learn about the faculty in this program.