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Program Snapshot
Academic CredentialAssociate in Science (AS)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
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

P. Ashman's Faculty page

D. Crider's Faculty page

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Culinary Management, AS

Enter the Exciting World of Culinary Arts!

A career in Culinary Management offers a rewarding lifelong learning experience in a creative, fast-paced and professional environment.  The Culinary Management program at Gulf Coast State College is recognized as one of the top three Culinary programs in Florida.

Housed in the Advanced Technology Center, the kitchen facilities are state of the art and unrivaled in the region.  Our classes are taught by professional chefs and have low student-to-teacher ratios.  Students will develop professional culinary skills beyond the "knife" and broaden their skill set, preparing them for a variety of positions in the current industry market.

The Patronis Culinary Lab
The Patronis Culinary Lab

Culinary Management Program Course Requirements

ENC1101, English I
Select One:
Visual and Performing Arts
Select One:
MAC1105, College Algebra
MAC2311, Calculus with Analytical Geometry I 
MGF1106, Mathematics for Liberal Arts 
MGF1107, Survey of Mathematics 
STA2023, Statistics
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Physical Science
Biological Science
POS2041, American National Government or AMH2020, United States History II and demonstrate Civic Literacy Competency
FOS2201, Food Service Sanitation and Safety
FSS1202C, Basic Food Preparation
FSS1063C, Food Specialties -Baking
HFT1000, Introduction to Hotel-Restaurant Management
HFT2840C, Dining Room Operations
FSS2224L, Advanced Food Preparation
FSS1105, Food Purchasing
FSS2380, Practicum I - Restaurant
FSS2381, Practicum II - Kitchen
FSS1942, Culinary and Hospitality Externship
HUN1001, Survey of Nutrition
FSS 1248L, Food Spec.-Garde Manger I
FSS2240L, Food Spec.-World Cuisines
HFT2264C, Banquet & Convention Mgmt
FSS2065L, Food Spec.-Pastry
HFT2867C, Wine Essentials

Culinary Management Program Accreditation

The Culinary Management AS degree program at Gulf Coast State College is accredited by the American Culinary Federation, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL  32095 , as well as the Florida Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Gulf Coast's Culinary School Ranked 3rd Best in  Florida

GCSC's culinary management program has been ranked the third best culinary school in Florida by Best Choice Schools in the "Top 10 Best Culinary Schools in Florida 2016-2017" report.  GCSC was selected based on the solid program offerings, professional experiences for students and their accreditation by the American Culinary Federation.

Paul Ashman
I could have never dreamed that as a student here over 20 years ago my career would bring me full circle back to GCSC!
Paul Ashman
–  Associate Professor, Certified Executive Pastry Chef, Gulf Coast Community College 1993

What will you do with a Culinary Management Degree?

In this field, people find careers as:

Butchers and Meat Cutters
Food Service Managers
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
Butchers and Meat Cutters
Food Service Managers

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

University of Florida
Florida State University - Panama City
University of Central Florida

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

Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.


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.