Culinary Arts Certificate Program


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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Contact the ADVISOR 

Paul Ashman, CEPC
Associate Professor, Culinary Management
(850) 769-1551, extension 5852

Denise Crider
Chef Instructor
(850) 769-1551, ext 2848 

Jordan Hale
Academic Program Support Specialist
(850) 769-1551, ext. 3838


 Meet Chef Paul Ashman

Paul Ashman photo

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


Who is eligible for the Culinary Arts, c.c.c. program?

 If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.


  • If you haven’t already been to Gulf Coast’s Panama City campus, you should know that we’re located right on the Gulf Coast shoreline, with many great views of the water. Schedule a campus tour.
  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.
  • Our culinary/hospitality faculty care deeply about your career success and will help you through the rough spots along the way. They are your advocates, and after graduation, your professional colleagues.

How do I apply to the Culinary arts c.c.c. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the Apply now  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.

How do I register for my classes?

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

How do I apply for financial aid and 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.

2022-2023 Catalog Requirements

Courses CH
#FOS2201, Food Service Sanitation and Safety 2
#HUN1001, Survey of Nutrition 2
+#FSS1202C, Basic Food Preparation 4
+#FSS1063C, Food Specialties -Baking 3
HFT1000, Introduction to Hotel-Restaurant Management 3
+#FSS2065L, Food Specialties -Pastry 3
#FSS1105, Food Purchasing 3
+#FSS2380, Practicum I - Restaurant 3
+#FSS2381, Practicum  II - Kitchen 3
+#FSS1248L, Food Spec.-Garde Manger I 3
+#FSS2240L, Food Spec -World Cuisines 3
+#HFT2264C, Banquet & Convention Management 3

• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites  and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

# Applies only to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

 Culinary lab photo

The Patronis Culinary Lab

This state-of-the-art culinary facility is the newest in the southeast.  With over 9000 square feet of lab space, this $3.5 million dollar culinary center boasts dedicated classroom facilities, the latest in AV and POS technology, three separate cooking lines, Bakery/Pastry lab, Ice Carving lab, and the John Holly Dining Room.  The Culinary facility is housed within the stunning Advanced Technology  Center at GCSC, a place where culinary students mingle with Digital Media, Cybersecurity, and Unmanned Aircraft and Robotics students.


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. 


Department Chair

Melanie Boyd
Chair, Business and Technology