Culinary Arts

CPTC's Culinary Arts program offers everything you need to be successful in the culinary world, from classes in basic cooking skills to advanced pastry arts to restaurant management.

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Our next program info session for Culinary Arts is April 8 at 3 p.m. in Building 31 Lab. Come meet the instructors, see the classrooms, and learn how you can get started!

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You can start the program any quarter.

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How Much It Costs

Culinary Arts Degree: $10,923

Basic Cooking Skills Certificate: $6,866

Restaurant Management Certificate: $4,020

Costs are estimated and are not guarantees.

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How Long It Takes

Culinary Arts Degree: 5 quarters

Basic Cooking Skills Certificate: 3 quarters

Restaurant Management Certificate: 2 quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

Potential Careers

Short Order Cook

Median annual pay in Washington: $22,100

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Restaurant Manager

Median annual pay in Washington: $57,100

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What You'll Learn

Our culinary program emphasizes fine-dining food-production skills, professional service training and food management techniques.

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Degrees & Certificates

Our Culinary Arts program offers and two certificates. Click the links to learn more and find out which one is right for you!

Culinary Arts Degree

Basic Cooking Skills Certificate

Restaurant Management Certificate

Meet the Instructors

Dean Massey

Experience: Restaurants Unlimited Corporation, Lobstershop Corporation, Sysco Food Service

Education: Clover Park Vocational Technical College

Recognition: Instructional program of the year 2006, Faculty member of the year 2007, Puget Sound Energy distinguished faculty 2009

Bill Jolly

Experience: Lobstershop Corporation, Zoopa Restaurant, Le Mesange Restaurant - France

Education: South Seattle Community College, Ecole Hotel Lerie de Grenoble

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