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Culinary Arts

CPTC's Culinary Arts program offers everything you need to be successful in the culinary world, from classes in basic cooking skills to advanced pastry arts to restaurant management.

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Visit the Program

Our next program info session for Culinary Arts is February 22 at 3 p.m. in Building 31 Lab . Come meet the instructors, see the classrooms, and learn how you can get started!

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You can start the program any quarter.

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How Much It Costs

For program costs, visit the Tuition and Fees page.

Costs are estimated and are not guarantees.

You can learn more about financial aid and scholarships right here. Or view our full tuition & fees breakdown.

How Long It Takes

Culinary Arts 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

Short Order Cook

Median annual pay in Washington:

$22,300 per year.

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Restaurant Manager

Median annual pay in Washington:

$50,300 per year.

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Career Pathway

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

What You'll Learn

Our culinary program emphasizes fine-dining food-production skills, professional service training and food management techniques.

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Stories About Our Culinary Arts Program

Culinary Arts Learns Outside the Classroom

Restaurant Management instructor Monique Trudnowski wants her students to learn more about the industry than just the “four-walled restaurant."

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Student Chef Specials Highlight Culture, Creativity

CPTC's Rainier Room is open Wednesday-Friday 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., and provides hands-on learning for the college’s Culinary Arts students.

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Shrimp Cocktail, Reinvented: Chef Instructor Shares Popular Recipe at Holiday Show

Culinary Arts Instructor Chef William Jolly demonstates how to make th perfect shrimp cocktail.

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Degrees & Certificates

Our Culinary Arts program offers and two certificates. Click the links to learn more and find out which one is right for you!

Culinary Arts Degree

Basic Cooking Skills Certificate

Restaurant Management Certificate

Meet the Instructors

Dean Massey, an instructor at Clover Park Technical College near Tacoma
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
Monique Trudnowski
Experience: co-owner Adriatic Grill