Great cooking is an art that takes both talent and skill to master. If the kitchen is your happy place and cooking or baking is your passion, you can make it your career through the OCC Career Advantage Culinary Arts/Baking and Pastry programs. Our award-winning competition teams and long list of alumni working in top restaurants and hotel kitchens across the region demonstrate the quality of our basic and advanced programs. Our Advanced Culinary Arts program will prepare you to take the industry exam to become a Certified Culinarian, a designation recognized as a mark of excellence in the restaurant industry. OCC graduates are in demand and recruited directly into the numerous hot restaurants and top hotels and resorts in the LA/OC region. If you want a career at the top of this exciting, fast-paced restaurant industry, then read on to learn more.

A sampling of courses for these careers

  • Sanitation and Safety
  • Introduction to Hospitality Industry
  • Principles of Baking
  • Menu Planning and Purchasing
  • Bar Management
  • Garde Manger
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Did you know?

The restaurant workforce makes up 10 percent of the total U.S. workforce, and 1.1 to 1.6 million new restaurant jobs are
expected by 2027, according to the Association for Career Technical Education.


Program Details

Complete our certificate program, and you'll be well-prepared to enter a career in culinary arts.

Build upon your skills if you're already employed in the field. Or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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Culinary Arts - Basic

Prepare for an entry-level position in a commercial kitchen. Learn the basic methods and techniques of cooking through hands-on instruction in a commercial kitchen environment, as well as how to use culinary tools and equipment safely and properly, sanitary work habits and elements of professionalism. 

Baking and Pastry - Basic

Prepare for an entry-level position as a baker, pastry cook, or pastry entrepreneur in a retail, wholesale or entrepreneurial setting. Gain a fundamental knowledge of baking science, and learn about classic and contemporary patisserie and baking processes.

Advanced Culinary Arts

Prepare for a position as a professional culinarian, and gain the knowledge and skills needed to pass the industry exam to become a Certified Culinarian, a credential awarded by the American Culinary Federation. Gain solid foundational knowledge of the restaurant and hospitality industry in this program accredited by the American Culinary Federation Accrediting Commission.

Advanced Baking and Pastry

Gain a solid foundational knowledge of the baking and pastry industry as you prepare to become a pastry entrepreneur. This program also prepares you for a position as head baker, assistant pastry chef, pastry chef and executive pastry chef at restaurants, hotels, resorts, clubs and bakeries.

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Advanced Culinary Arts

Complete the Advanced Culinary Arts Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. Prepare for a position as a professional culinarian and gain the knowledge and skills needed to pass the industry exam to become a Certified Culinarian, a credential awarded by the American Culinary Federation.

Advanced Baking and Pastry

Complete the Advanced Baking and Pastry Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. You will be prepared to become a pastry entrepreneur or for a position as head baker, assistant pastry chef, pastry chef and executive pastry chef at restaurants, hotels, resorts, clubs and bakeries. 

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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Katie Ottoson, M.S.
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Career Services
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