Is This Occupation for You?
If you are creative, logical, work well under stress, enjoy the constantly evolving food service industry, and work well with people, the Southwest Tech Culinary Arts program provides a tremendous opportunity to launch your career.
In general, people attracted to this career value the job's creative challenges and the public appreciation for their expertise. To be successful in their trade, cooks need to:
- be fluent in English with reading and writing competency.
- have good basic mathematics skills.
- have a genuine interest in preparing food and working with people.
- be in good health and able to stand for long periods.
- have a keen sense of taste and smell.
- be flexible.
- be able to lift in excess of 20 pounds.
- be ready to work as a member of a team.
- be willing to maintain the high standard of cleanliness.
- Associate degree, requiring a minimum of two years to complete.
- Day classes.
- Financial aid available.
- Special equipment and uniforms required.
- Advance standing and Pro-Start credits accepted.
- Students must achieve a grade of C in all core (317) courses to progress to the next semester and to graduate. Students must be 18 years old to operate a slicer and a 20-quart mixer.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Analyze and apply food and beverage purchasing procedures.
- Apply analysis and problem solving to food production.
- Design menus.
- Apply food safety and sanitation practices to food preparation and service.
- Apply management skills to restaurant operations.
- Apply multiple cooking methods in the preparation of meats, fish, poultry, vegetables, potatoes, soups, sauces and bakery.
- Apply nutritional principles to the preparation of food.
- Exhibit kitchen organizational skills and pre-preparation time management skills.
Career opportunities include:
- Sous Chef
- Personal Chef
- Lead Cook
- Food Service Sales Associate
- Chief Steward
- Purchasing Agent