Culinary Arts AA

Culinarian:  A practitioner of Culinary Arts.The culinary industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. Forecasts predict an additional one and a half million trained culinarians will be needed by the year 2016. A major portion of that number will be employed in one of the premier tourist destinations and convention sites in America: California, and most notably, Los Angeles. L. A. is a unique city where the cuisines of the world melded to create our own unique California cuisine.

Prepare for your culinary future! Our Culinary Arts program offers the training, practice and experience needed for your entry into a successful, creative culinary career. Opportunities for employment include cooks for: hotels and restaurants, catering companies, college and university foodservice, school lunch programs; corporate chefs and private chef; other areas in the hospitality industry such as food sales, owner operators, consulting, journalism or food stylist.

Our program is supported by the industry; we serve leading hotels, restaurants, food purveyors and industry professional groups including the Chef de Cuisine of California. Look behind that kitchen door. You may find a graduate of our 65 years “young” program.

Our program is supported by the industry; we serve leading hotels, restaurants, food purveyors and industry professional groups including the Chef de Cuisine of California. Look behind that kitchen door. You may find a graduate of our 65 years “young” program.

Our Culinary Arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute (ACFEI). The local ACF chapter, Chef’s de Cuisine Association of California (CCAC), Epicurean Society, Round Table International Food Service Executives support our program.

Our Culinary Arts program has been serving the students of our community for over 80 years.

Our students and graduates readily find jobs in industry after successfully graduating from our Culinary Arts program.

Culinary Arts Associates in Arts Degree

Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree in Culinary Arts is met by successfully completing the four semesters of Culinary Arts and the 18 units of General Education requirements listed under “Graduation Requirements Plan B.”

Culinary Arts Certificate of Completion

A certificate of Completion is awarded for the successful completion of the 48 units of essential courses.

What will I study?

The Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Culinary Arts program is divided into four semesters. Classes are held Monday through Thursday in the morning and early afternoon. Class time is divided between lecture-demonstrations and hands-on laboratory experiences. Students learn in and operate from the college’s commercial kitchens, restaurant, cafeteria, and catering areas. 

Culinary Arts Class Description

1st Semester

  • Introduction to the Industry
  • Culinary Preparation
  • Product Identification
  • Front-of-the-House Management and Services
  • Sanitation and Microbiology
  • Culinary Terminology
  • Industry Legislation
  • Nutrition

2nd Semester

  • Domestic and International Cold Kitchen Production:
  • Hors d’oeuvres, 
  • Introduction to Baking
  • Pates, 
  • Galantines 
  • Smoked meats, 
  • Cold dressings, entree salads,
  • Tallow and ice sculptures.

3rd Semester

  • A la Minute Cookery (Breakfast & Lunch Grill)
  • Sauces, Soups, Starches
  • High Production
  • Accompaniment Dishes
  • Beverage Management
  • Introduction to Restaurant Management

4th Semester

  • Butchery
  • High Volume Entree Preparation and Presentation
  • Menu Design and Costing
  • Purchasing/Receiving
  • International Cuisine
  • Introduction to Restaurant Management

When are classes offered?

At Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, classes are offered throughout the week in the morning and afternoon. Students may enter the program during the fall, winter, spring, or summer sessions.

Will I get hands-on experience?

Yes, most definitely. Students work in well equipped labs and are placed on jobs in industry when possible, during all phases of the program. Los Angeles Trade-Technical College offers work experience courses so students may earn college credit, a salary, and hands-on experience in their area of specialization. In addition, students participate in many department activities that include field trips, culinary competitions, various scholarships programs, and guest lectures.

Will I meet Culinary Arts Professionals?

You will benefit from the instructors and personal experience of professionals who are guests lecturers in the programs. Members of the culinary arts industry participate in the program by serving on the advisory boards, evaluating student work, discussing career options with the students, and providing up-to-date information on the rapidly changing industry.

Is this program accredited?

LATTC, Culinary Arts Department is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute (ACFEI).

Accreditation is a voluntary process which a program undertakes in order to be judged by professionals in the field of culinary arts. This program had to meet standards for their curriculum, faculty, facilities, resources, support staff and organizational structure. Their objectives had to be realistic and obtainable and they had to match with current industry demands.

Will I be able to find a job?

At Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Culinary Arts Department, you are provided with a job bulletin board for part-time and full-time jobs. You will receive guidance in preparing a résumé and interviewing skills.

Los Angeles Trade Technical College provides, Student Employment Center assists students in finding full-time, part-time or temporary jobs. The center also maintains job bulletins from: City, State, County, the Federal government, School Districts and private industry.

How much does the program cost?

At the community colleges, California residents pay a low cost, state-established tuition based upon the number of units carried (20 per unit). Non-residents of California are required to pay out of state tuition ($181 per unit or current rate).

Students must purchase their textbooks, tools and other supplies for their courses. College students may apply for student loans, scholarships, and grants from Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.

You will receive the tools and textbook list when you attend one of the Culinary Arts Orientations or the LATTC, General Orientation.