2017-2018 Course Catalog & Student Handbook 
    May 11, 2021  
2017-2018 Course Catalog & Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Culinary Arts AAS Program Fact Sheet

What is Culinary Arts? The Culinary Arts degree prepares students for employment in the culinary field. The program emphasizes technical and theoretical knowledge, combined with the practical applications of cooking, baking, serving, and management skills. The associate science degree program includes culinary arts courses and college-level general education courses. The program also requires students to sit for the National Restaurant Association SERVSAFE Certification. The program is only offered full-time, during the day.
Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates
  • Culinary Arts, AAS
  • Culinary Arts, Diploma
  • Baking and Pastry Specialist, Certificate
  • Prep Cook, Certificate
Prerequisite Courses
  1. Degree level proficiency is required to take degree level General Education courses.
  2. Diploma level proficiency in English, reading and math is required to take the CUUL technical courses. Please refer to course descriptions in the online catalog for specific prerequisites.
  3. Students are also required to purchase Chef’s uniform, dining room uniform, textbooks and tools to include knives. Students should be able to lift 40 lbs, stand for extended periods of time and withstand temperature changes.
Length of Program Degree/Diploma 4 - 5 semesters
Semester Program Begins Fall and spring semesters
Application Process
  • Applicants to the Culinary Arts program must meeting all Admission requirements; complete an application and pay the application fee. Individuals apply to Gwinnett Technical College at GwinnettTech.edu and submit all transcripts from high school and previous college work, and take the ACCUPLACER test, if required.
  • After officially being accepted to Gwinnett Tech, students may contact the Culinary Arts Administrative Assistant, Lisa Masi, at 678-226-6641 or LMasi@GwinnettTech.edu, in order to set up an appointment with the Culinary Arts Program Director, Chef Kerri Crean, to discuss expectations and additional costs.
  • Students must attend the mandatory Culinary Orientation, which is held before the spring and fall semesters. This orientation is designed specifically for the Culinary Arts program, to ensure your success in the program. At that orientation, students register for classes and order required supplies. Additional costs are uniform (approximately $140) plus required shoes. A knife kit cost approximately $330.
For more information, contact: Kerri Crean, program director, KCrean@GwinnettTech.edu, 678-226-6625.
For admissions and enrollment, contact: Enrollment Support Center in Building 100 at the Lawrenceville campus, or Building A at the Alpharetta-North Fulton campus, or email BusinessArtDesignTeam@GwinnettTech.edu.

Quick Facts

(This data was compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

Chefs and Head Cooks
2016 Median pay        $43,180 per year / $20.76 per hour
Typical entry-level education        High school diploma or equivalent
Work experience in a related occupation        5 years or more
On-the-job training        none
Number of jobs, 2016        146,500
Job outlook, 2016-2026        10% (faster than average)
Employment change, 2016-26        14,100