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Program Snapshot
Academic CredentialCertificate
Total Credit Hours35
Academic PathwayBusiness, Industry, Technology, Manufacturing
AdvisorPaul Ashman, CEPC
Associate Professor, Culinary Management
850.769.1551, ext. 5852

AdvisorDenise Crider
Chef Instructor
850.769.1551, ext 2848

Academic Program Support SpecialistJordan Hale

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Culinary Arts, Certificate

Turn Your Passion Into the Career You Always Wanted!

The Culinary Arts Certificate program is a great way to fast-track your entry or advancement into the exciting world of the culinary arts.  This 35 credit hour program features hands-on training in our state-of-the-art facility.  Our classes are taught by professional chefs and have low student-to-teacher ratios.  Whether just starting out, or looking to hone your skills to move up in the hospitality world, the Culinary Arts Certificate program covers all of the bases. 

The program credits fully apply to our accredited Culinary Management AS degree program for those students wishing to earn their degree.

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Culinary Arts Course Requirements

FOS2201, Food Service Sanitation and Safety
HUN1001, Survey of Nutrition
FSS1202C, Basic Food Preparation
FSS1063C, Food Specialties -Baking
HFT1000, Introduction to Hotel-Restaurant Management
FSS2065L, Food Specialties -Pastry
FSS1105, Food Purchasing
FSS2380, Practicum I - Restaurant
FSS2381, Practicum  II - Kitchen
FSS1248L, Food Spec.-Garde Manger I
FSS2240L, Food Spec -World Cuisines
HFT2264C, Banquet & Convention Management

What will you do with a Culinary Arts Certificate?

In this field, people find careers as:

Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria
Cooks, Private Household
Cooks, Restaurant
Cooks, Short Order
Food Preparation Workers

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

University of Florida
Florida State University - Panama City
University of Central Florida
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Are you ready to Get Started?

Apply to GCSC

Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.


Register for Classes

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Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.