Culinary Management, A.S.



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.


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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 Management, A.S. 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.  


  • 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.

How do I apply to the Culinary Management, A.S. 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

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
Humanities Area 3
See General Education Core Requirement
Mathematics 3
See General Education Core Requirement
Natural Sciences 3
See General Education Core Requirement
Social Sciences Area
Government/History •@POS2041, American National Government or •@AMH2020, United States History II and demonstrate Civic Literacy Competency 3
Major Courses
#FOS2201, Food Service Sanitation and Safety 2
+#FSS1202C, Basic Food Preparation 4
+#FSS1063C, Food Specialties -Baking 3
HFT1000, Introduction to Hotel-Restaurant Management 3
+#HFT2840C, Dining Room Operations 3
+#FSS2224L, Advanced Food Preparation 3
#FSS1105, Food Purchasing 3
+#FSS2380, Practicum I - Restaurant 3
+#FSS2381, Practicum II - Kitchen 3
+#FSS1942, Culinary and Hospitality Externship 1
#HUN1001, Survey of Nutrition 2
+#FSS 1248L, Food Spec.-Garde Manger I 3
+#FSS2240L, Food Spec.-World Cuisines 3
+#HFT2264C, Banquet & Convention Mgmt 3
+#FSS2065L, Food Spec.-Pastry 3
+#HFT2867C, Wine Essentials 3

• General Education Core.

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

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

= Career Certificate course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

@ Civic Literacy.

 Culinary lab photo


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.  All of this houses within the stunning Advanced Technology  Center at GCSC, a place where culinary students mingle with Digital Media, Cybersecurity, and Unmanned Aircraft and Robotics students.



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 third best in Florida

Gulf Coast State College'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.


Department Chair

Melanie Boyd
Chair, Business and Technology