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David Sanford

Cooking Essentials

Overview

Student CookThis intensive one-year program exposes you to classic culinary techniques and international cuisines. You will receive hands-on instruction in cooking techniques and enhance your skill development as part of our Culinaire Café team. You will develop speed and proficiency while cooking in this student-operated restaurant.

This certificate was developed for those who want to jump-start their culinary career or for those who wish to fine-tune their skills. All of the courses transfer directly to the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program in Culinary Arts.

Overall employment of cooks is projected to grow 6%. Job opportunities will result from the combination of employment growth and the need to replace workers. The median annual wage for cooks is around $25,000.

Course Info

Students will receive hands-on training in a food production lab that supports both the student-operated café and Gateway Center catered events. This certificate transfers in its entirety into the Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science degree program.

This is a career program and is designed to enable students to seek employment at the program's completion. Successful completion of this program qualifies a student to apply for a Certificate in Cooking Essentials.

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

  • Food Preparation
  • International Cuisines
  • Dining Room Management
  • Food Service Sanitation
  • Menu Planning & Food Merchandising
  • Purchasing, Inventory and Cost Control

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

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Career Info

Cooking Essentials program graduates enjoy enriching and rewarding careers as:

  • Cook for Private Clients
  • Food/Restaurant Owner
  • Hotel, Restaurant, Lodge Cook
  • Bed & Breakfast, Deli or Catering Cook
  • Other Food Related Industry Cook

Employment opportunities for cooks is expected to grow 6%, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 

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


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Faculty/Staff Info
David Sanford, Instructor and Program Coordinator

301-784-5412
dsanford@allegany.edu
Gateway Center

A.O.S., Culinary Institute of America

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