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Culinary Arts

​​Chefs, cooks and food preparation workers make up more than 3 million workers in U.S. workforce, making culinary arts one of the more lucrative industries in the nation. Orange Coast College's culinary arts program provides an in-depth course of study, preparing students for a wide range of employment possibilities including work in restaurants, hotels, schools, resorts, and more. The heart of the culinary arts program is hands-on laboratory instruction in the College's instructional kitchens, and Captain's Table Restaurant.

Certificates of Achievement

Culinary Arts - Basic

This certificate provides student with the basics methods, techniques and chemistry of cooking. This includes hands-on learning instruction in a commercial kitchen environment. Safe and proper use of culinary tools and equipment, elements of professionalism and sanitary work habits are covered in detail throughout the program. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared for entry-level employment in a commercial kitchen.

Advanced Culinary Arts

The coursework in this certificate program covers a solid foundational knowledge of the restaurant and hospitality industry. Students will prepare food for dining guests in the school's Captain's Table restaurant. Upon completion of the program students will be prepared for employment as professional and competent culinarians. This program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Accrediting Commission.

Advanced Baking and Pastry

This certificate program includes courses which lead to students gaining a solid foundational knowledge of the baking and pastry industry. Courses are designed for students who desire a career as a pastry entrepreneur in the baking/pastry industry, or in the following positions found at restaurants, hotels, resorts, clubs and bakeries: head baker, assistant pastry chef, pastry chef and executive pastry chef.

Certificate of Specialization

Baking and Pastry - Basic

This certificate provides students with the fundamental knowledge of baking science, and prepares them for careers as bakers or pastry cooks. Students will gain hands-on knowledge of classic and contemporary patisserie and baking processes. Upon completion of the program students will be ready for careers as bakers,​ pastry cooks, or pastry entrepreneurs to meet the needs of retail and wholesale baking and pastry establishments.​

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Additional Information

For complete requirements and course information please see our ca​tal​og​.​​​​

Use the link below to view gainful employment reports with important information regarding the costs, benefits and potential employment options of OCC certificate programs.

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Contact Info​
William Barber 
Student Center 3 
(714) 432-5835​​​​ ​​​​​