Culinary Arts Management

“Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.” – Anthony Bourdain

If you love to cook and want to turn you passion for food into a career that you always wanted then now is the time to get started. At ICC, we will take your passion for cooking and teach you the skills you need to hit the ground running in a professional kitchen.

“Our program uses building blocks. We start from the very basics and work students up to being proficient with a knife and cooking on a different and larger scale than maybe they are use to.” – Keith Shank, Associate Professor of Culinary Art

According to Professor Shank it’s important for students to step outside their comfort zone when it comes to food.

“My mission is to get students to experience new things and have them appreciate where our food comes from, what’s behind that and how to elevate that into something that’s worth paying for.” – Keith Shank

State of the Art Facility
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Illinois Central College knows that in order to keep up with a rapidly growing industry like culinary arts it is important to have the right tools. Therefore, students work in an environment designed to replicate a professional kitchen. Here they receive a lot more one on one attention than they might find at other schools.

“We spend a lot of time working on ideas and techniques to make chefs’ lives easier and to make the quality of the food better. ICC provides students with a lot of state of the art equipment. I think we are on the cutting edge of culinary schools.” – Keith Shank

Career Focused

Becoming a chef takes leadership, people skills and the ability to manage and organize a kitchen. ICC faculty work to build fundamental traits of integrity and responsibility in students. ICC has a very high placement rate with businesses both locally and nation wide. Students will have the opportunity to participate in catering events, fundraisers and many other extracurricular activities to give them the experience needed to find work in the area.

We offer a lot of opportunities to learn cutting edge technology for a fraction of the cost of private culinary schools.

With all the amazing and diverse career paths in the food service industry, now is the time to turn your passion for food into the career that you always wanted. Cooking professionally is a challenging career field, but if you have a passion and drive to be a part of an incredibly large industry in American society then ICC will give you the tools needed to hit the ground running in a very rewarding career.

Illinois Central College’s Culinary Arts Management Program also includes:


Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 67

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
ENGL 125
or
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS 
or
3
COMM 110 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY  3
ECONOMICS ** 3
BUS 120
or
BUSINESS MATHEMATICS 
or
3
APPROVED MATHEMATICS  3
LABORATORY SCIENCE * 4
HUMANITIES * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
CA 150 PROFESSIONAL COOKING  3
CA 151 ADVANCED SANITATION AND SAFETY  3
CA 153 BAKING  3
CA 155 MEAT, POULTRY AND FISH  3
CA 156 SAUCES  3
CA 157 GARDE MANGER  3
CA 175 TOPICS IN CULINARY ARTS  3
CA 211 FOODSERVICE MARKETING  3
CA 212 FOODSERVICE COST CONTROL  4
CA 213 BEVERAGE MANAGEMENT  3
CA 215 FOODSERVICE NUTRITION AND MENU PLANNING  3
CA 220 ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL COOKING  3
CA 225 INTERNSHIP IN CULINARY ARTS  3
CA 253 ADVANCED BAKING  3
HLTH 120 FIRST AID  2
HOS 110 INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT  3

* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** ECON 105, 110 or 111

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1CA 150; CA 151; ENGL 110; BUS 120 or Approved Mathematics; HOS 110
Spring Semester 1CA 153; CA 253; CA 212; CA 213; HLTH 120
Fall Semester 2CA 155; CA 157; CA 211; CA 215; Laboratory Science
Spring Semester 2CA 156; CA 220; CA 225; ENGL 125 or COMM 110; Humanities
Summer SemesterCA 175; Economics

Program Contact Information

Culinary Arts Program, ICC North Campus, Dogwood Hall

309-694-5558

 

Illinois Career Cluster

Hospitality and Tourism

Career Pathway:
Restaurants and Food/Beverage Services