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Culinary Apprenticeship


Culinary Apprenticeship

If you have a gift with food or a thirst for culinary adventure, our Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate program is for you. This innovative and lively training will get you started on a rewarding career in the culinary industry. Whether you dream of putting on large catering events or crafting unique gourmet dinners in a fine dining establishment, we can give you the background you need to make it happen.

The Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate is a 8-month intense program designed for aspiring culinary professionals with a passion for food who desire something more than the traditional, classroom-based culinary education program. You will work hands-on in the kitchens of accomplished professional chefs who will provide the tools needed to succeed in the hospitality industry.


More Information and Registration


High school diploma or equivalent, completion of our Basic Skills Assessment and submission of the Program Application. Working knowledge of computers and access to a computer and the Internet are required.

Students are also required to pass a background check and drug screening, sign a waiver of liability and show proof of health insurance.

The Basic Skills Assessment and Program Application are located online. The instructions are here. You will be directed to the program application after completing the skills assessment.

3D Tour

Take an online 3D tour of our professional catering kitchen classroom located at KSU Center.

Get In Touch

Contact us to find out more about this hands-on professional program.


Classes will be held at KSU Center, primarily in professional catering kitchen classroom.

What You’ll Learn
  • Sanitation basics while preparing for the ServSafe® exam
  • Industry tools, equipment and food science
  • Knife skills
  • Dry and moist heat cooking methods
  • How to make stocks, soups and sauces
  • Meat, poultry, fruits, vegetables and herb identification
  • Garde manger (keeper of the food) duties
  • Baking, plating and presentation including differences in world cuisine
Apprenticeship Sites

Your apprenticeships will consist of approximately 15 hours per week in rotation between several prestigious venues:

Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate Program

By completing 420 hours of apprenticeship work divided into four different rotations, you will gain hands-on experience in a variety of food service environments. Working 105 hours at each location, you will make important connections in the restaurant industry and gain valuable experience for your resume.

Chef’s Table

And as a grand finale, you will end the program by participating in an elegant “Chef’s Table” tasting event at the KSU Center. Friends and families, along with university administrators, will gather to sample and discuss dishes created and served by you and your classmates. This exciting event offers the perfect showcase for the talents and skills you will have gained throughout the program.

Financing Options
  • VA Education Benefits
  • Continuing Education Loans
  • Interest-Free Payment Plans
Our Culinary Apprenticeship Advisory Board

Meet our distinguished advisory board.


Register for a Webinar Session

On Our Blog
Culinary Open House on April 18
Culinary Open House at KSU
Knife skills, nutrition, proper plating and presentation are only a few things students in the Culinary Apprenticeship program learn. If you have a passion for cooking and desire more than the traditional, classroom-based culinary education,... read more ❯

Culinary Apprenticeship Students Share Pasta Recipes
Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate at KSU Mystery Basket Gnocchi
Stomachs were full and palates were pleased during the Mystery Basket challenge in KSU’s Culinary Apprenticeship course. This timed test of skills showcased future chefs’ ability to be innovative — all while racing the clock. Two... read more ❯

Executive Chef Shares His Journey, Offers Advice
Canoe Restaurant
Matthew Basford is the Executive Chef at Canoe, one of our Culinary Apprenticeship sites. He values sharing his experience with future chefs to encourage them to pursue the industry. The Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate is an eight-month... read more ❯

Culinary Graduate to Open Catering Business
Chris Dargin Culinary Graduate
Chris Dargin strives to help others using his skills in cooking. Since graduating from our Culinary Apprenticeship program in 2016, he has opened his own catering business. Chris said the network he developed guided him... read more ❯

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Occupational Trends
Most Land Jobs

— The majority of our graduates have landed full-time positions in the industry.

$550 Billion in Sales

— The restaurant industry is growing strong with over $550 billion in sales annually (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

1.3 Million New Jobs

— The forecast for jobs is strong in this industry with a projected 1.3 million new restaurant jobs by the year 2020 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).