Educational Programs


“My passion for cooking began as a child; I remember spending time watching my grandparents make their homemade Argentinean dishes. After cooking in the industry for 15 years, I decided to go to school. I received a great education from MCTC and learned all aspects of the culinary industry. After graduation, I was the Chef of Elixir Lounge and went on to be the Chef of the Depot Bar and Grill in Faribault, MN. Thanks to my great instructors, I was given the culinary knowledge that has helped me succeed in my career today.”

- Osvaldo Amelotti, Alumnus

Culinary Arts


Program description

At MCTC’s Culinary Arts Program, you will develop your own culinary style as you learn all of the facets of food preparation including advanced cooking skills, menu design, restaurant operations and management principals. Plus, you will gain hands-on training in MCTC’s cooking labs in the student-operated public dining room and through community service events.

Program start and location

New students are no longer being accepted to this program. Classes take place in the Technical Building.

Degree options and requirements

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

Culinary Arts A.A.S. Degree—60 credits
Culinary Arts Diploma: fall start—54 credits
Culinary Arts Diploma: spring start—54 credits
Culinary Arts Certificate—13 credits
Baking Certificate—16 credits

What you will learn

  • You will receive instruction on basic to advanced cooking skills including meat, fish and poultry fabrication, garde manger (cold food preparation), charcuterie (sausage, pate, terrine preparation), baking, pastry art and more.
  • Coursework also covers tableside cooking, menu design, restaurant operations, management principles, nutrition, safety and sanitation.

Points of pride

  • MCTC’s small class size allows you to get a hands-on approach to all facets of food preparation and presentation.
  • Instructors are certified by the American Culinary Federation. 
  • The downtown Minneapolis campus is on a bus line, close to restaurants as well as convention and hotel hubs, providing potential for local employment opportunities.
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  • This program has a very impressive list of graduates who hold positions of responsibility and ownership here in the Twin Cities as well as abroad.
  • MCTC’s new kitchen and the Plaza Dining Room include a 13,000 square foot renovation to meet safety and code regulations, additional instructional space, a new formal dining room and conference rooms.
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Where you could work

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Resorts
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  • Cruise ships
  • Hospital and healthcare centers
  • Institutions and companies with food service
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Potential job titles

  • Restaurant manager
  • Cruise Ship Food Service Manager
  • Caterer
  • Cafeteria manager

Occupational outlook

Employment of chefs, head cooks, and food preparation and serving supervisors is expected to increase by 6 percent over the 2008-18 decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2008, 99 percent of the 941,600 Culinary Arts jobs were held by food preparation and serving supervisors, with 12 percent held by chefs and head cooks. There is high competition for the top positions, which is why it’s important to have good business sense and a strong foundation in all aspects of the field that MCTC can provide.

Beyond-the-classroom opportunities

  • You will receive extensive hands-on training in MCTC's cooking labs and in the student-operated dining room, which is open to the public.
  • You also have the opportunity to participate in numerous community service events where you can apply banquet, buffet and catering culinary knowledge and techniques.


This program is part of the Academy of Business and Service. Click here for more information.

Additional resources

Articulation agreements

Common Course Outlines

Gainful employment reports

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