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Culinary Arts

Why Choose the Culinary Arts Program?

Who doesn't love food? The world of culinary arts is one of innovation in techniques and styles, where anyone has the opportunity to put their own twist on a well-established recipe.

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

Students experience the fast-paced atmosphere in the real-world setting of the college's upscale public dining facility, the Rainier Room. They learn what it takes to improve their own personal cooking skills, which can be put to use whether or not they pursue a culinary career, and can also train in every aspect of restaurant management.

If you love to cook - or want to learn how - culinary arts might be the program and career path for you.

Our culinary program emphasizes fine-dining food-production skills, professional service training and food management techniques.
How Long It Takes:

Culinary Arts AAT Degree: 5 Quarters

Advanced Cooking Certificate: 3 Quarters

Basic Cooking Skills Certificate: 3 Quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

Potential Careers

Chef/Head Cook

Chef/Head Cook Career & Wage Details 

This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

Career Pathway

Gainful Employment Data

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Meet Your Instructors

Dean Massey

Dean Massey

Experience: Restaurants Unlimited Corporation, Lobster Shop Corporation, Sysco Food Service 

Education: Clover Park Technical College 

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

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Shelley Newman 

Experience: 30 years of industry experience in hospitality, hotel, B&B, restaurant, and bakery. 

Education: Clover Park Technical College - Pastry Arts Degree

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Jennifer Phillips 

Experience: 20 years of industry experience including Restaurant Management, Casino Management, and Commercial Kitchen Operations. 

Education: Clover Park Technical College - Pastry Arts Degree

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Culinary Arts Program Information Sessions usually occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

To learn more about information sessions, visit

Visit the Academic Calendar at to see when the next information session is scheduled.




A plate of food in the Rainier Room


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