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A.A.S. Culinary Arts

The Degree

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

The Outlook

According to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), the restaurant industry employs 13.5 million people in front-of-the-house and kitchen positions, and is one of the largest private-sector employers. While almost 60 percent of all chefs, cooks and food preparation workers are employed in restaurants and other retail eating and drinking places, about 20 percent work in institutions such as schools, universities, hospitals, and nursing homes. Grocery stores, hotels, and other organizations make up the difference. The outlook for career opportunities is promising, as the restaurant industry is projected to add 1.3 million positions in the next decade.

The Program

The A.A.S. culinary arts degree program at Finger Lakes Community College is designed to prepare you for a career in the food services industry immediately upon graduation. Developed in partnership with the New York Wine & Culinary Center, the program will prepare you for a career in the very diverse food services industry. Additionally, it will give you the foundation toward continuing your studies at a four-year college or university.

The A.A.S. program will broaden your knowledge of culinary arts, wine and beverage education, and agriculture. The program includes additional coursework in written and oral communications, science, math, business, and history. Through it, you will gain a greater educational background, which will help you with integrating theory and practice. All culinary courses will take place at the New York Wine & Culinary Center, which is just a short distance from FLCC's main campus in Canandaigua. 

Please Note: As a culinary arts major, you will be required to purchase culinary uniforms and knife sets.

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • Produce food in a safe and sanitary fashion for public consumption.
  • Demonstrate successfully the safe use of knives and other small wares as well as common foodservice equipment.
  • Identify produce, grocery, bakery, and center of the plate protein items.
  • Prescribe proper cooking methods for food items and develop recipe procedures to successfully execute these cooking methods.
  • Objectively evaluate finished food and beverage offerings for objective production quality.
  • Identify and discuss the unique food and beverage offerings of the Finger Lakes region.
  • Utilize the food pyramid and recommended daily allowances to develop menu items in proper portion size and nutritional balance.
  • Manipulate recipe quantities to adjust yields.
  • Specify food and beverage offerings for purchase.
  • Plan, develop, and execute a menu featuring local food and beverage sources.
  • Successfully cost menu items and mark up appropriately to achieve desired profit margins.
  • Value physical inventory and calculate an overall periodic food cost.

The Experience

By aligning this program with the New York Wine & Culinary Center, you will learn the latest trends while applying practical skills in a real world setting. Additionally, while in the program, you will be required to complete a "front of house" and "back of house" practicum of 135 hours each at the New York Wine & Culinary Center.

The Graduates

After successfully completing the culinary arts program at FLCC, you will be well-prepared to enter the job market. Graduates have gone on to become:

  • Chefs
  • Cooks
  • Menu Planners

The Scholarships

Scholarships are available to qualified students. For more information, visit the FLCC scholarships page or you can contact the financial aid office.

The Faculty

The culinary arts faculty has real-world experience in the field in addition to having a culinary ranking.