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.
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.
Take an online 3D tour of our professional catering kitchen classroom located at KSU Center.
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Classes will be held at KSU Center, primarily in professional catering kitchen classroom.
- 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
Your apprenticeships will consist of approximately 15 hours per week in rotation between several prestigious *venues.
*Venues are subject to change based on availability.
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.
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.
- VA Education Benefits
- Continuing Education Loans
- Interest-Free Payment Plans
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— The restaurant industry is growing strong with over $550 billion in sales annually (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
— 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).