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Culinary Arts Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Background checks are not required for admission into the Culinary Art Program. Cooperative Work Experience sites may require background checks as part of pre-employment screening.

What is Culinary Arts?

Culinary art is the art of preparing and cooking foods. Culinarians’ are responsible for skillfully preparing meals that are as pleasing to the palate as to the eye. They are required to have knowledge of the science of food and an understanding of diet and nutrition.
Culinary Art graduates find jobs as chefs and cooks in restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes.  Some work in the purchasing department and manage the food and beverage outlets in large hotels and restaurants.  Other potential job prospects include work with menu development, kitchen design and development of new food items and food equipment for large corporations. Some become entrepreneurs, developing their own restaurants, bakery, and specialty food stores.  

What is the average salary for a career in Culinary Arts?

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 2018 Employment Projections, average salary information varies based on the segment of employment within Culinary Arts.

Chefs and Head Cooks                                               $49,710
Food Service Managers                                              $46,758
Front Line Supervisor of Food Prep & Service          $29,702
Bakers                                                                        $23,650

What is the current job outlook for careers in Culinary Arts?

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 2018 Employment Projections, growth in the Culinary Art industry is expected to grow by 5.5%.  Approval of four casinos in 2009 will add additional jobs, not forecasted in this growth projection, food service related jobs.

How long is the Culinary Arts Program?

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts is a two (2) year program (five semesters) that includes didactic and co-operative work experience. Courses include general education, business, culinary and technical skills.

Certificate program in Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry is one year (three semesters).

Do the Culinary Art  courses at Owens transfer to a four-year institution?

Each institution varies in specific course transfer Culinary Art courses at Owens follows the Ohio Transfer Module for general education courses. Students are encouraged to meet with the Chair of Food, Nutrition and Hospitality at the beginning of the first semester for curriculum advising and program entrance requirements.

Are there scholarships or financial aid available?

Yes, Owens Community College maintains an Oserve Office on each campus.  Oserve is the place to ask questions related to financial aid.  Contact: 1-800- GO OWENS ext. 7378 or (567) 661-7378.

What is the cost of obtaining my degree?   

Projected cost including current tuition and general fees is available through the Bursar’s Office.
Additional program costs include:

  • Culinary lab fees         $1,500.00
  • Uniform                      $     40.00
  • Textbooks                   $1,200.00
  • Supplies                      $   300.00

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