Professional Culinary Arts & Hospitality

Hours & Location

FCTC Main Campus (St. Augustine)

Cost

Tuition and lab $5,040.00 plus books, uniforms and fees

Testing Requirements

Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS)
Reading: 239
Math: 236

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CASAS for Professional Culinary Arts & Hospitality

OVERVIEW

Craft amazing and fun foods using flames, knives, and creative chemistry

Cook alongside professional chefs preparing extravagant five course meals in a full service restaurant

Express creativity as part of a team that designs menus, organizes catered events, and develops unique dining experiences

CAREER FOCUS
Prepared for immediate employment, apprenticeship, advanced certifications, and further education

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Average Salary

$48,535 midpoint for cooks-head chef /year

WHAT YOU'll LEARN

Instruction

  • Basic & advanced baking skills
  • Basic culinary knowledge
  • Breads, pastries, soups, sauces, salads, entrees, ice carvings, & show pieces
  • Cold food preparation (fundamental & intermediate)
  • Cooking methods (fundamental & intermediate)
  • Food costing, production, & purchasing
  • Knife skills
  • Preparation for American Culinary Federation (ACF) industry certifications
  • Nutrition, Purchasing, Sanitation, & Supervision
  • Techniques of service

Gain hands-on front and back of the house service at Walter’s Reef Café

OCP Course Number Course Title Course Length Hours
A HMV0100 Food Preparation  300
B HMV0170 Cook-Restaurant  300
C HMV0171 Chef/Head Cook  300
D HMV0126 Food Service Management  300

Industry Certifications

  • ServSafe Manager

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Baker
  • Catering companies
  • Corporate kitchen facilities
  • Country clubs
  • Cruise ships
  • Food sales
  • Front & back house manager
  • Hospitality supervisor
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Local attractions
  • Pastry chef
  • Personal chef
  • Prep cook
  • Purchasing manager
  • Restaurants
  • Self employed
  • Service manager
  • Sous chef (supervising chef)

OUR NUMBERS

Discover how First Coast Technical College prepares students for the Hospitality & Tourism industry.

100%
Completion Rate*
72%
PLACEMENT Rate*
N/A
Licensure

Based upon the 2022 Council on Occupational Education Annual Report CPL data is pulled from 2020 – 2021.

Steps to Enroll

Step 1‐ Attend a Program Information Session & Tour

Step 2‐ Apply for Federal Student Aid

Step 3‐ Gather Needed Documents

Step 4‐ Register for Classes

Instructor / Contact

Name: Chef Kyle Forson – Instructor
Email:   [email protected]
Phone: (904) 547-3321

Name: Chef Amy Surita – Instructor
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (904) 547-3465

Name: Donna Soncrant
Email:   [email protected]
Phone: (904) 547-3470

Are you ready to jumpstart your career?

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