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Culinary Arts

OC Culinary Arts student cooking over the stove.

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.

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

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  • To be the vehicle for Culinary knowledge to our students and community.
  • To promote and elevate the skills of professional cookery and cuisine in the communities we serve.
  • To provide foundations of culinary study and the execution of skills.
  • To create an atmosphere of excitement relative to cooking methodology and outcomes


  • To prepare the students for employment through team instruction in food preparation and management.
  • To equip the students with the principles of restaurant management which will allow the opportunity of potential growth and advancement within the food service industry.
  • To equip students with a set of core abilities related to communication, critical thinking and computation to serve them well in life in general and as life-long learners in particular.

  • 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.