This program is eligible for financial aid.

Due prior to registration:Prerequisites: Candidates must obtain a reading score of 9 on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) or the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA). High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma/HSED.

Due on the first day of class: A criminal background check must be completed during orientation. Students will be presented with more information and will initiate their background check on orientation/first day of class. Students failing to provide a clear criminal background check may not be eligible for the internship portion of the program.

This career preparation program offers hands-on courses that focus on the mastery of cooking principles and practical techniques. It will also prepare you for the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification and the Certified Fundamentals Cook credential. Upon successful completion of the exam, students receive a nationally recognized certification.

This program is designed to prepare students for a successful career as a professional cook. Topics and skills are taught to cover the many areas of the professional kitchen. Learn how to prepare both professional and gourmet dishes. Students will receive an introduction to the culinary industry, pantry production, and short-order cooking. Students will successfully have the skills to prepare sauces, soups, and vegetables. Students are introduced to healthy cooking and baking as part of this certification training program.

The program consists of 13 modules:

  • Module 1: Student Success Workshop
  • Module 2: Computers Applications for the Hospitality Industry
  • Module 3: ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification
  • Module 4: Introduction to Culinary Arts
  • Module 5: Pantry Production
  • Module 6: Professional and Career Development
  • Module 7: Short Order Cooking (Breakfast)
  • Module 8: Sauces, Soups, Vegetables and Starch Cookery
  • Module 9: Applied Cooking Methods
  • Module 10: Healthy Cuisine
  • Module 11: Introduction to Baking
  • Module 12: Culinary Internship
  • Module 13: Certification Test Prep and Certification Exam

The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF) is a professional organization for chefs and cooks, founded in 1929 in New York City by three chefs’ organizations: the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club, and the Chefs de Cuisine Association of America. Since their inception, little has changed in our principal goals. The AFC organization is based on promoting the professional image of American chefs worldwide through the education of culinarians at all levels. Please visit for more information. Students completing all course requirements will be eligible to sit for the American Culinary Federation’s Certified Fundamentals Cook credential. The cost of this certification exam is included in the program fee.

Student Responsibility: Students are responsible for purchasing the following items for use during their training program: closed-toe shoes that do not have any openings or cutouts of any kind; clogs are not acceptable; and headphones or earbuds for use during computer lab sessions.

College Pathways: Upon credential attainment, you may be eligible for up to 10 college credits toward an Atlantic Cape Culinary Arts degree.

CULI-502 (630 hours) financial aid eligible
Fee: $6,995 (Tuition/Lab: $5,615 Supplies: $1,380)

Section AW01-Worthington Atlantic City Campus, Caesars Entertainment Wing
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, beginning April 25 (ends November 21)
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (7 hours per day)

Registration due two weeks prior to class start date.

Long-term overview
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