Culinary Arts

The program provides in-depth culinary training designed to build careers in restaurants, hotels, caterers, fine bakeries, resorts and institutions offering food services. As the program unfolds, the students will focus on areas of cooking specialty and gain hands-on experience working in the Olympic Café, The Fireside Bistro and at various banquets and catered events.


Associate in Technical Arts
Culinary Arts Institute

Certificate of Specialization
Culinary Arts Institute

Certificate of Proficiency
Culinary Arts Institute

Certificate of Completion
Culinary Arts Institute

Certificates of Recognition

  • Baking Fundamentals (10 credits)
  • Retail/Wholesale Baking (19 credits)

Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation  (ACFEF)


By the end of the program, successful students will be able to:

  • Safely and tastefully prepare a variety of entrees, salads, and desserts, using the cooking methods prescribed by the core competencies of the American Culinary Federation.
  • Acquire, interpret and use various cooking techniques, nutritional knowledge, knife handling skills and kitchen procedures in support of culinary task decisions.
  • Demonstrate teamwork, professional ethics and personal accountability in decision-making and task performance.
  • Effectively communicate with customers and co-workers in a variety of hospitality settings, i.e. cafeteria, fine dining, banquet, etc.
  • Maintain documentation of learning objectives and achievements in an organized notebook.
  • Pass both industry-standard and performance-based exams on theory and practice of professional culinary competency.


For up-to-date information, go to http://www.onetonline.org/ and simply enter the job title in Occupation Search field.


Current wage information can be found for each career option. After finding the career option in O*NET online, click on Wages & Employment, select Washington in the State & National field and GO.


  • Currently no license is required for culinary careers in Washington State. However, all food workers are required to have a valid food worker card per WAC 246-217. Local health departments offer the food worker training, test, and card. The Food Handler’s Permit is valid throughout the state.
  • Students are encouraged to research career goals as more employers are seeking employees with degrees and may also require specific ACF chef certifications and levels of proficiency.
  • Information regarding employment and training can be researched at the American Culinary Foundation (ACF) and the Washington State Chefs Association (WSCA) websites.


Nick Giovanni
Phone: 360.475.7577
Email: ngiovanni@olympic.edu

Chris Plemmons, CCE AAC ACF Culinary Coordinator
Phone: 360.475.7316
Email: cplemmons@olympic.edu

Robert Nash, CCE
Phone: 360.475.7571
Email: rnash@olympic.edu

Source: 2012 Olympic College Workforce Development "Red Book" updated 3/11/13