Culinary Arts

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Program Overview

Degrees & Certificates

About the Program

In the Culinary Arts degree and certificate programs at Seattle Central College’s Seattle Culinary Academy, our award-winning chef instructors serve up an intensive, hands-on course of study. You’ll gain a strong foundation of culinary skills, with an emphasis on classic and modern cooking techniques, and plenty of practical experience preparing both regional and global cuisine.

Culinary Arts student making a dish

Career Opportunities

Culinary Arts is one of the fastest-growing employment areas in the nation, and the demand for trained and qualified chefs is extremely high. As a Seattle Culinary Academy graduate, you'll be well-prepared for a variety of positions, including:

  • Restaurant owner
  • Catering chef
  • Corporate chef
  • Hotel chef
  • Personal chef
  • Food stylist
  • Culinary tour organizer
  • Wedding or event planner
  • Recipe developer
  • Food writer / blogger
  • And much more!

Intensive Education

Take your skills to the next level with hands-on training in our multi-kitchen, state-of-the-art culinary facilities. You'll learn how to make tantalizing appetizers, soups, sauces, salads, entrees, vegetables and starches, breads, pastries and desserts. The Seattle Culinary Academy places special focus on exquisite craftsmanship, Pacific Northwest cooking and international cuisine preparing students to work in some of the finest restaurants in the region.

Farm-to-Table Training

As one of the first programs in the country to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum, Seattle Culinary Academy's award-winning instruction helps students learn about environmental stewardship through our Plant Science Laboratory (greenhouse), experiential learning at Skagit Valley farm and instruction in sustainable practices.

Seattle Central College's Seattle Culinary Academy is fully accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation's Accrediting Commission. Why choose an ACFEI accredited program?

Gainful Employment

Learn more about this program’s Gainful Employment information (pdf).

Everything we know about the fundamentals of owning and operating a restaurant we learned at the Seattle Culinary Academy. The program gave us a strong foundation and skills we use to this day.

Shane Robinson, Seattle Culinary Academy alumnus

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.