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Culinary Arts

Why Choose the Culinary Arts Program?

Who doesn't love food? The world of culinary arts is one of innovation in techniques and styles, where anyone has the opportunity to put their own twist on a well-established recipe. CPTC's Culinary Arts program offers everything students need to be successful in the culinary world, from classes in basic cooking skills to restaurant management. Students experience the fast-paced atmosphere in the real-world setting of the college's upscale public dining facility, the Rainier Room. They learn what it takes to improve their own personal cooking skills, which can be put to use whether or not they pursue a culinary career, and can also train in every aspect of restaurant management. If you love to cook - or want to learn how - culinary arts might be the program and career path for you.


Our culinary program emphasizes fine-dining food-production skills, professional service training and food management techniques.
How Long It Takes:

Culinary Arts AAS-T Degree: 5 Quarters

Basic Cooking Skills Certificate: 3 Quarters

Restaurant Management Certificate: 2 Quarters


All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.


Potential Careers


Median annual pay in Washington:

$50,960 per year.

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Median annual pay in Washington:

$64,300 per year.

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Career Pathway


This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

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Culinary Arts Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Culinary Arts Program, students will:

  • Evaluate work quality and generate recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Have gained competencies to be employed in the hospitality industry or closely related field.
  • Demonstrate the ability to input orders and correct mistakes as needed.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan day-to-day operations for a restaurant.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage and lead other students by acting as lead cook and sous chef.
  • Possess the following certificates: Food Handler cards, Restaurant Management Certificate (NRA) and Accounting Certificate (NRA).
  • Apply problem-solving and decision-making skills to resolve guest and student complaints.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, write, and execute a complete menu and monitor quality.
  • Students will be able to pass the ServSafe exam given by the National Restaurants Association.
  • Work as a team with coworkers to ensure quality and guest services.

Meet Your Instructors

Dean Massey

Dean Massey

Experience: Restaurants Unlimited Corporation, Lobstershop Corporation, Sysco Food Service 

Education: Clover Park Vocational Technical College 

Recognition: Instructional program of the year 2006, Faculty member of the year 2007, Puget Sound Energy distinguished faculty 2009

Bldg 31, Rm 100

Shelley Newman 

Experience: 30 years of industry experience in hospitality, hotel, B&B, restaurant, and bakery. 

Education: Clover Park Technical College - Pastry Arts Degree

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Jennifer Phillips 

Experience: 20 years of industry experience including Restaurant Management, Casino Management, and Commercial Kitchen Operations. 

Education: Clover Park Technical College - Pastry Arts Degree

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Culinary Arts Program Information Sessions are hosted in the Building 31 lab at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information and a complete schedule of session dates, click here.




A plate of food in the Rainier Room


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