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Debra Frank
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Culinary Arts

If you enjoy watching cooking shows on television or you've dreamed of running a restaurant kitchen, the culinary arts may be your recipe for success. Let Allegany College of Maryland's Culinary Arts program showcase both your creativity and your cooking talent.


Student Preparing DessertsFrom food purchasing to baking, our Culinary Arts program trains you for a variety of positions, including sous chef, cook, and wholesale food representative. As you earn your Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts, you'll learn through hands-on experiences, such as the opportunity to operate and manage a college-owned restaurant in downtown Cumberland in conjunction with our Hospitality Management program.

As a Culinary Arts program student, you may choose to concurrently earn your Hospitality Management degree. Be sure to discuss this possibility with your advisor if it's of interest to you.

After graduation and obtained work experience in food preparation, you may choose to apply for certification with the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute (ACFEI).

The ACM Culinary Arts program has been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) as a Statewide Designated Program. Maryland residents from counties other than Allegany County who register in this eligible program will be charged the out-of-county tuition rate. However, these students may be eligible to receive reimbursement for a portion of the cost difference between the in-county and out-of-county tuition rates. Funding availability for this program is based on funding from the state of Maryland and is thus subject to change each semester. Some restrictions apply. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Course Info

As a Culinary Arts program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses, including:

  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Purchasing
  • Cost Control
  • Food Merchandising
  • Food Management

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.

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Career Info

Culinary Arts graduates enjoy enriching and rewarding careers as:

  • Cooks
  • Culinary Educators
  • Kitchen Managers
  • Sous Chefs
  • Restaurant Managers
  • Wholesale Food Representative  

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor

Faculty/Staff Info
Debra Frank, Assistant Professor and Program Director

Gateway Center

B.S., Pennsylvania State University

R.D., Shadyside Hospital Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Additional graduate study, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Certified Hospitality Educator with the American Hotel and Motel Association

William Hand, Instructor and Lab Coordinator

Gateway Center

Certificate, Los Angeles Trade Technology Center

David Sanford, Instructor and Program Coordinator

Gateway Center

A.O.S., Culinary Institute of America

Debra Swope, Instructor

Gateway Center 205

M.S. Indiana University of Pennsylvania

B.S. Geneva College

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

Program Options

Career Programs
Culinary Arts


One-Year Certificate Programs
Baking Essentials
Cooking Essentials
Dietary Manager


Letter of Recognition Programs
Culinary Arts - Baking Essentials
Culinary Arts - Cooking Essentials

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