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.
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.
- Academic Information for Culinary Arts A.A.S. Degree
- College of DuPage Student Planning Worksheet for the A.A.S. Degree
- Academic Information for Culinary Arts Certificate
- Course Descriptions
- Financial Aid Scholarships
Gainful Employment Information
View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.
Laura Lerdal, Culinary Market and Lab Coordinator
Anna Gay, Program Support Specialist
David Kramer, Coordinator, Professor, Culinary, Baking & Pastry Arts (630) 942-2868
Tim Meyers, Coordinator, Professor, Culinary, Baking and Pastry Arts
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
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.
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.”Read Spotlight
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.”Read Spotlight
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