Chefs and head cooks (examples of job titles within this field), supervise and coordinate the ordering and preparation of food, assist in planning menus, monitor sanitation practices of an establishment, help train personnel, help plan budgets for food, workers, events, etc. and investigate local and regional food sources.

Visit Food Preparation and Serving Occupations to learn more about Culinary Arts: occupation description, interests, duties, skills, education/training, wages, job outlook, additional resources, similar jobs. 

How to begin your career path at Jefferson:

Jefferson Community College can help link you to a career in the culinary arts/food service/cooking field through its Associate of Applied Science degree in Hospitality & Tourism-Culinary Concentration.  This concentration will prepare students for employment in the second largest job market in the country.  The food service industry has a dynamic and challenging array of employment opportunities.  The culinary arts coursework in our program will prepare you for a rewarding and satisfying career.  Culinary arts students will work in our hospitality facilities to prepare a variety of dinner events and luncheons.  Visiting chefs and winemakers are regular guest lecturers in our kitchen and dining room.  This degree also offers a Hotel/Restaurant Management Concentration.  See our Hospitality & Tourism web pages to see examples of jobs available in both Concentrations.  Also, students might refer to JCC’s Certificate Programs in Hospitality & Tourism and in Winery Management and Marketing.

As a graduate of Jefferson, you will also have many transfer opportunities to consider and be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue your baccalaureate degree. Jefferson has partnered with some selected colleges and universities to develop agreements that help students transfer smoothly, among them being Franklin University and Paul Smith’s College.  Other popular transfer colleges include RIT and Johnson & Wales University.  Students should work closely with their faculty advisor and transfer/career counselors in course selection and planning for furthering their education in this field.

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