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Culinary Arts Current Students

College of DuPage offers a wide range of academic resources and student activities geared toward Culinary Arts students to help you succeed in your studies and get involved on campus.

Academic and Career Pathways

Determine the pathway you need to take to graduate on time.

Student Chapters

Students are encouraged to join their local American Culinary Federation (ACF) chapter or student chapter of the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). ACF meetings are held monthly around the Chicago area. An educational seminar is followed by networking and a dinner meeting. If you wish to become certified as a culinarian, then you must be a member of the ACF. For students joining HSMAI, the benefits are numerous and helpful toward a career in this industry.


Students who are enrolled in any culinary, pastry or management laboratory classes will need to purchase uniforms as part of the class requirements.

  • Culinary Students: knife kit, checked pants, embroidered chef coat, skull cap, bib apron, and two side towels
  • Pastry Students: checked pants, embroidered chef coat, skull cap, bib apron, and two side towels
  • Hospitality Students: black pants, white shirt with embroidered Waterleaf logo, black bistro apron

Uniforms and hand tools must be purchased through COD to ensure a consistent experience for students.

A few things to note:

  • Uniforms and supplies are included in the lab fees for their respective class and will be ordered in class on the first day. Incoming students will receive an email outlining the procedure.
  • While not included in the packages, appropriate shoes are required. Shoes should be sturdy, black, closed toed, and have a non-slip sole.  Brands such as Sketchers work shoes and Shoes for Crews are acceptable options.  No gym shoes are allowed.

If you have questions on uniforms, contact Associate Professor David Kramer at or (630) 942-2868 or Culinary Market and Lab Coordinator Laura Lerdal at or (630) 942-2359.