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.

Students have the opportunity to pursue an A.S. degree in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry or Restaurant Management, in addition to Career Technical Certification in all three areas, and to continue their education to four year schools.


Specialties

DVC’s culinary arts program offers an in-depth, hands-on learning curriculum where students gain both knowledge and experience in the program’s technical facilities. In addition to training at the DVC facilities, students may gain experience working outside the college through an internship program.

Culinary Arts

Culinary arts students work and learn in a fully equipped food production kitchen, a demonstration laboratory, a retail pastry shop and a 65-seat restaurant that is open to the public. The Norseman Restaurant and the Express Bar, both located on campus, are student operated.

Baking and Pastry

DVC has been placing students in small and large bakeries, specialty pastry shops, catering and dessert preparation in restaurants for many years. Baking and pastry students work and learn in a fully equipped food production kitchen, a demonstration laboratory, a retail pastry shop and a 65-seat restaurant that is open to the public.

Restaurant Management

Restaurant management students work and learn in a fully equipped food production kitchen, a demonstration laboratory, a retail pastry shop and a restaurant that is open to the public. Our in-depth, hands-on training program prepares students to begin their careers in restaurant management. Our graduates enter the hospitality industry and many progress to management positions.

Possible career opportunities


Culinary Arts

The culinary arts program prepares you with a broad level of skill and provides professional training for employment with career options* as a:

  • restaurant chef,
  • culinary supervisor,
  • line cook,
  • kitchen manager,
  • food server,
  • caterer,
  • banquet chef,
  • dining room manager, and
  • school foodservice specialist.

Baking and Pastry

The baking and pastry program provides professional training for employment as a baker or pastry chef in restaurants, hotels, resorts, bakeries, grocery food chains, cafés, hospitals, resorts, child care facilities, cafeterias, food preparation centers, and catering facilities. Career options* include:

  • bakery production finisher,
  • pastry decorator,
  • caterer,
  • baker assistant,
  • bakery entrepreneur, and
  • bakery/pastry chef.

Restaurant Management

The restaurant management program addresses all aspects of food and beverage operations. It provides professional training to enter the restaurant field as a manager-trainee in a food service establishment. Career options* include:

  • restaurant owner/operator,
  • banquet manager,
  • dining room manager,
  • purchasing specialist,
  • catering manager, and
  • food entrepreneur.


*Some career options may require more than two years of college study.

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Culinary Arts degrees and certificates  

Associate in science degrees program requirement maps

Certificates of achievement

Certificates of accomplishment

Degree and certificate literature

Culinary Arts Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

CULN class schedules

To find currently available Culinary Arts classes, please use our searchable schedule.

We know that navigating degree requirements can be tricky. Once you have enrolled at DVC, you can schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss which option is best for you.

For more information, please contact us.

Contact Culinary Arts

Program Manager:  Squire Davidson
Telephone: 925-969-2287
Email: sdavidson@dvc.edu
Office location: HSF 290B