Culinary Arts

If you have a passion for food, the Culinary Arts program is both exciting and challenging. Classes are taught in a state-of-the-art kitchen, facilities.

Career Information

The hospitality industry is the nation's largest private sector employer. More than two million jobs are expected to be added through 2016. If you are friendly and energetic, creative, self-motivated, a problem solver and a hands-on participant, then you may be right for a career within this industry.

Culinary Arts graduates become chefs in major restaurants or start their own businesses. Typical salaries include the following:

  • Executive Chef: $73,400
  • Sous Chef: $42,300

 

Degree and Certificate

College of DuPage offers an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree in Culinary Arts and a certificate in Culinary Arts. Prior to registration, students should meet with a program advisor for course selection.

 

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Gainful Employment Information

View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.

 

Contact Information


Laura Lerdal, Culinary Market and Lab Coordinator 
(630) 942-2359

Anna Gay, Program Support Specialist
(630) 942-2502

David Kramer, Coordinator, Professor, Culinary, Baking & Pastry Arts (630) 942-2868

Tim Meyers, Coordinator, Professor, Culinary, Baking and Pastry Arts
(630) 942-3223

Chris Thielman, Professor, Culinary, Baking and Pastry Arts (630) 942-2720

Art, Communications and Hospitality Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-2048

Outstanding Graduates for 2014

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Rachel Dau and Roxanne Peterson

Each year College of DuPage recognizes graduates whose achievements truly demonstrate determination and success. Images gets acquainted with Rachel Dau and Roxanne Peterson: the 2014 Outstanding Graduates at College of DuPage.

Spotlight

  • Ashley Sabo

    Ashley SaboCulinary Arts

    “COD is giving me a very well-rounded education of the culinary industry. They not only teach you how to cook but also what goes into running a restaurant or business. COD has given me real-world experience in the field, such as working in the two restaurants that are in the Culinary and Hospitality Center (CHC) and through internships. Teachers are always excited and willing to help with your personal goals or something you want to learn.”

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  • Raquel Black

    Raquel BlackCulinary Arts

    “I was 42, and it was a turning point. I was sitting and waiting to register with all these kids and I wondered how I could do this. I watched TV and saw other people opening their own diners and making their dreams come true. I began talking about it all the time, but so many things needed to fall into place first.”

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  • Margaret Glenzinski

    Margaret GlenzinskiCulinary Arts

    "The opportunities to grow and challenge yourself are always being offered. One would not have these opportunities available if not at COD. I am grateful for the experience and for the people I have met.”

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  • Randy Jeffay

    Randy JeffayCulinary Arts

    "In the Classical Cuisine course, we'd be working with tenderloins, lobster tails, ducks, wonderful cuts of fish. These were opportunities to do some real quality learning with quality results."

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  • Kelly Sears

    Kelly SearsCulinary Arts

    "I attempted to test myself every day, with every class and every new experience. I learned something different from each chef and instructor. They all had their strengths in different areas, lending a strong, balanced education."

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  • Christine Petersen

    Christine PetersenCulinary Arts

    "COD was the best financial choice but offered completely transferable credits for my bachelor's degree with a great foundation for the hospitality industry and culinary arts."

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  • Tiffany Lewis

    Tiffany LewisCulinary Arts

    “I took all of my culinary classes on campus and finished all my general education requirements at the Naperville Center. I was in classrooms with younger students, but I still fit in and was engaged in the classroom setting.”

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