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The Culinary Arts Program at Massasoit prepares students to enter the diverse and exciting field of food service. It is designed to provide students with a variety of entry-level culinary skills, enabling them to find a career in any area of the food service field. Students learn stamina, dexterity, food preparation, design and presentation, food safety, and proper use of chef’s tools.

The Culinary Arts curriculum includes a well-rounded foundation of both pastry and savory food techniques, and it requires a field work experience of a minimum of 240 hours of paid or non-paid experience in a food-service establishment. Massasoit students develop professionalism and confidence that enable them to understand and maintain the highest standards needed for working in the food service industry.

Select culinary arts classes are offered on Saturdays, Sundays, and/or during weekday evenings. In addition to the Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts, students can gain skills and knowledge to pursue careers in the field through the following options:

Business Administration Careers / Hospitality Management Option

The Business Administration Careers Program encourages students to acquire and develop competency in relevant and marketable business skills, including communications, quantitative analysis, critical thinking, research, and decision-making. The Hospitality Option offers courses in tourism, hotel operations, food and beverage service, and ServSafe.

Pastry / College-Approved Certificate Program

The for-credit Pastry Certificate provides students with the skills necessary to assist in pastry shops, restaurants, and many other industry institutions and can be completed in two semesters. Students can proceed toward a degree in Culinary Arts upon completion of this certificate.

Food Production / College-Approved Certificate Program

The for-credit Food Production Certificate provides students with the background necessary to establish and maintain sanitation standards for foodservice operations under the National Certification guidelines, as well as assist in the day-to-day kitchen operation of any institution. It can be completed in two semesters, and students can proceed toward a degree in Culinary Arts upon completion of this certificate.

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