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Chef Training

Total Credit Hours: 31

This certificate develops areas of technical competence and preparation for trainee positions in food preparation in the hospitality industry. It meets the challenges of the food service industry involving food preparation and service through the use of sound business principles. Graduates have established a basis for a career in the food service industry, and are qualified for entry-level positions in the production or service areas of the hospitality industry.
Goals & Outcomes
To prepare graduates for advancement or promotion in employment in the hospitality field.
  • Graduates employed in an occupation related to the field of study at 6 months after graduation are still employed at 12 months.
  • Graduates are employed (or have been promoted) in an advanced position 12 months.
  • Employers are satisfied with graduates of the program.
To provide training in culinary arts preparation
  • Students will be able to demonstrate application of the principles of mise en place in pre-preparation techniques.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate execution of the correct application of key cooking methods.
To provide training in food production management practices.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate proper application of production planning models, and application of industry recognized quality and food-safety control practices.
To provide training in foundational bakery preparations.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate competent application of technical skills in the fundamentals of baking and pastry arts, and application of the principles of mise en place in pre-preparation techniques
To provide training in foundational bakery production management practices
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of presentation, merchandising, and sales strategies.
To provide students the ability to apply restaurant management and foodservice related mathematical formulas.
  • Students will demonstrate accuracy in applying common managerial mathematical formulas for budgetary projections, budgetary analysis, sales forecasting, calculating food, beverage, and labor costs, applying pricing models, and determining profit and loss.
To prepare Culinary Arts Students to interact effectively with others on a team to reach a common goal.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to work with others in a group to attain a common goal.
To help students communicate in the Hospitality field.
  • Students will make articulate, persuasive and influential presentation.
  • Student will articulate another´s viewpoint through verbal and nonverbal cue interpretation.
  • Students will organize and present ideas in language appropriate to the situation and audience.
  • Students will communicate information and ideas clearly in written form, using correct structure, grammar, spelling and organization
To provide intellectual and professional development skills with a broad-based ability for conceptual thinking, analysis, inductive and deductive logic and reasoning in problem solving.
  • Graduates will be able to effectively integrate and apply restaurant management and foodservice occupational specific competencies such as purchasing, controlling costs, menu and product development, facilities design, and marketing within a problem solving context.
To provide opportunities for students to participate in service learning activities to experience being part of and giving back to a community, learn empathy for others less fortunate, and recognize the duties of citizenship.
  • Students will have participated in various service learning initiatives in which the department sponsors, co-sponsors, or participates in.
To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy.
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.
First Semester
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
FS105 Computer App: Foodsrvce
This course introduces computer applications for managerial decision-making in the hospitality industry. It provides an understanding and practical application of systems related to the executive chef, production manager, and dining room manager. An introduction to computer operations and concepts as well as terminology and methodology related to culinary and hospitality specific software is emphasized. See when this course is offered ...
FS150 Safety & Sanitation
This course introduces the correct procedures for food handling and the hygienic basis for these practices. General kitchen and bakery safety, pest management, and crisis management are discussed. Proper clothing, personal hygiene, fire safety regulations, and state and federal laws pertaining to the hospitality industry are stressed. This course includes a certification exam provided by the National Restaurant Association. See when this course is offered ...
FS111 Food Preparation 1
This course introduces the fundamentals of commercial food preparation, with an emphasis on the use and care of tools and equipment. Proper cooking methods including sautéing, frying, roasting, grilling, braising, broiling, poaching, stir frying and simmering are covered. Preparations include stocks, soups, sauces, vegetables, salads, starches, garnishes, sandwiches and pasta. Applied problems from the areas of food preparation, including weights, measures, portions and conversions are incorporated. Corequisite: FS150 Safety & Sanitation. See when this course is offered ...
FS121 Baking 1
This course introduces the bakery shop preparation of cakes, cookies, muffins, sweet rolls, and breads, including the mixing of ingredients and shaping of dough. It covers the ingredients used in the preparation of baked goods, and the tools and equipment used in the bakery shop. Corequisite: FS150 Safety & Sanitation. See when this course is offered ...
IS101 Computers and Society
This course provides knowledge of relevant computer skills and a solid foundation in the terminology and concepts of computer technology. Experience is provided with a variety of microcomputer software applications, including word processing, electronic spreadsheets, graphics, file management, and integrated software. Concepts and terms focus on preparing for a technologically oriented society and using the computer as a tool for productivity, research, and communication. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
FS112 Food Preparation 2
This course introduces the terminology and techniques of commercial food preparation, including identification, selection and preparation of additional foods, such as eggs, poultry, fish, shellfish, beef, pork, lamb, veal, and smoked foods. Laboratories employ a variety of cooking methods using professional kitchen equipment. Emphasis is placed on operating in a safe and sanitary manner. Prerequisite: FS111 Food Preparation 1. See when this course is offered ...
FS131 Food Bev & Labr Cost Cntrl
This course introduces the methods, tools, and procedures used to control food, beverage, and labor costs in a food service organization. Emphasis is placed on each step in the flow of costs: purchasing, receiving, storage, issuing, preparation, portioning, service, and accounting for sales. Labor costs as they relate to the operation are discussed. Active problem solving and practical application are used to relate the principles learned to the food service industry. See when this course is offered ...
FS141 Purchase/Hospitality
This course introduces the purchasing function in food service organizations. Emphasis is placed on the methods of controlling costs while maintaining strict quality and quantity standards through the effective purchasing of goods and services. Included is the concept of specification development as it applies to the products and services used in the hospitality industry. Purchasing requirements for equipment, furniture, supplies, perishable foods, groceries, and convenience foods are covered. See when this course is offered ...
FS230 Food Service Practicum
This course provides the student with on-the-job experience in a variety of food service settings. In addition to the minimum of 6 hours a week of field experience, participation in a weekly seminar is required as a forum to discuss work- See when this course is offered ...
FS233 Prin Food Marketing
This course provides a foundation in marketing, planning, segmentation, and positioning food items within a specific demographic. Food marketing tools such as menu pricing, advertising, sales promotion, merchandising, personal selling, and external advertising media are explored. See when this course is offered ...

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