Culinary Arts

Mission statement

The Diablo Valley College Culinary Arts program prepares students for careers in the Hospitality and Food Industry.  The core values that guide our efforts are:

  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Ethics
  • Respect for diversity

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.

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Possible career opportunities

The culinary arts program provides professional training for employment as a chef, culinary supervisor, cookbook author, recipe taster, cook, kitchen manager, food server, caterer, food researcher, banquet chef, dining room manager, food stylist, menu planner, community nutrition specialist and school food service specialist.

The baking program is designed to prepare students to work as pastry chefs in local restaurants, hotels, resorts, bakeries, and catering establishments. Career options include baker production finisher, pastry decorator, caterer baker assistant, bakery entrepreneur, and baker chef at grocery food chains, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, hospitals, resorts, child care facilities, cafeterias, food preparation centers, and catering facilities.

The restaurant management program prepares students to enter the restaurant field as a manager-trainee in a food service establishment. Career options include: restaurant owner/operator, hotel banquet manager, dining room manager, purchasing specialist, catering manager, and food editor Some career options may require more than two years of college study.

Culinary Arts degrees and certificates  

Associate in science degrees program requirement maps

Certificates of achievement

  • Baking and pastry (CULN)
  • Culinary arts (CULN)
  • Restaurant management (CULN)

Degree and certificate literature

Gainful employment reports

In compliance with the October 2010 Gainful Employment regulations published by the U.S. Department of Education, the Contra Costa Community College District is providing the following information for the District’s Career Technical Education programs that offer Certificates of Achievement: program costs, normal time for completion, average loan debt incurred by students enrolled in the program, completion rates, and potential careers fields for program graduates.

Culinary Arts Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Baking and Pastry

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.

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.

Restaurant Management

Restaurant management 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 program

For over 30 years, DVC has been successfully preparing students for professional careers in small and large bakeries, specialty pastry shops, dessert catering and dessert preparation in restaurants. Diablo Valley College’s baking and pastry program offers an in-depth, hands-on learning curriculum where students gain both knowledge and experience through the hotel and restaurant management program’s technical facilities.

In addition to training at the DVC facilities, students gain experience working outside the college through a required internship program.

CULN class schedules

Spring CULN class schedule

Summer CULN class schedule

Fall CULN class schedule

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Culinary arts faculty office hours

Contact Culinary Arts

Chair: Christopher Draa
Telephone: 925-969-4305
Email: cdraa@dvc.edu 
Office Location: HSF-287
Instructional Assistant: Cinthia Chavarria
Email: cchavarria@dvc.edu 
Telephone: 925-969-2333