Culinary Arts

Do you like to cook? Do you dream of being a chef or owning your own restaurant?

Then your path to an exciting career starts here! DVC provides you with the skills and experience you need to become a chef, caterer and more. In this program you will get hands-on learning in our teaching lab, fully-equipped kitchen, retail pastry shop and restaurant (open to the public). You'll even get to use your new skills as an intern outside the college. Many students work in bakeries, restaurants, resorts and more! Professional chefs enjoy a large job market with many career options.

Career Opportunities

The culinary arts program will prepare you for work in a variety of occupations and career paths, including:

  • Food Preparation Worker
  • Chefs and Head Cook
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Head Pastry Chef
  • Restaurant General Manager

About degrees and certificates

A certificate readily prepares you to enter a particular field or career. It can also give you new skills for advancement in the workplace.

Associate Degrees:
An associate degree requires a broader education for career options in a range of industries. It's a great step towards earning a bachelor degree at a four-year school or entering the workforce sooner.

Associate Degrees for Transfer:
A transfer degree is equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program. Earning one can guarantee admission to California State Universities, some private and online universities, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). ADTs, along with a transfer agreement guarantee (TAG) with the University of California system can help you achieve your goals for less. Learn about transfer services.