Culinary Arts


A group of Culinary Arts students in white chef's jackets dishing up soup for an event.

Master key restaurant skills and gain professional experience with our Culinary Arts certificate. This program prepares you to work as a chef, cook, menu planner, and more. Gain valuable networking opportunities by meeting our regional industry partners.

Career Outlook: Food and Hospitality

The food and hospitality sector is the second largest industry in the Finger Lakes. Your culinary training will lead to careers at food venues such as restaurants, hotels, casinos, banquet halls, catering companies, and more. You can even open your own business. Food service careers are growing as the hospitality industry expands regionally and nationally.

Certificate Overview

Our Culinary Arts certificate program prepares you for food industry careers quickly. Learn about food preparation, food safety, menu design, plating, restaurant management, and more. Personalize your education with electives like Regional American Cuisine, International Cuisine, and Baking and Pastry. Many Culinary Arts courses meet twice weekly, allowing you to work while completing the program.

Hands-on Culinary Arts Training

Get a taste of working in a professional kitchen.

Our Culinary Arts program provides hands-on experience in a formal restaurant setting.

You'll take lab courses at New York Kitchen, a fine dining establishment in Canandaigua, NY, near main campus.

Watch this video to hear one student's story.

Culinary Arts Events and Competitions

Prepare multi-course meals for real customers. The Culinary Arts program hosts Dinner at Julia annually. This fine dining and wine event features an innovative menu designed and prepared by our Culinary Arts students. You'll also be able to take part in service learning projects and competitions, such as those sponsored by the New York Beef Council.

Learn from Local Culinary Arts Experts

Gain over 300 hours of real-world training through our professional work experience program. During this time, you'll learn from regional experts. Our work experience program is more flexible than traditional internships, so you can pursue opportunities that match your career goals.

Flexible Course Options

FLCC's Culinary Arts certificate is a hybrid program. Hybrid programs combine in-person classroom instruction with online learning activities. For Culinary Arts students, this involves in-person labs that meet in a professional kitchen plus online video demonstrations of essential food preparation techniques to practice at home.

Certain Culinary Arts courses use a HyFlex teaching model with online and flexible in-person options. Learn more about HyFlex Courses.

Certificate Program Outcomes

Culinary Arts Careers

Your FLCC Culinary Arts education prepares you for careers in food and hospitality. Work as a chef, caterer, food and beverage manager, and more. Some graduates have even opened their own businesses. Others started careers at:

  • Avvino
  • Best Beverage Catering
  • FLX Hospitality
  • Kindred Fare
  • The Lafayette
  • The Lake House
  • New York Kitchen
  • Nolan's

Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities

Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. 80% of students are awarded scholarships or financial aid that help with the cost of college.

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 New York Kitchen, our faculty know what it's like to work in food service and hospitality. They are eager to share their knowledge with you.

Culinary Arts Faculty

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