Culinary Arts Management
Associate in Applied Science
Turn your love of all things food into a rewarding career in the culinary industry. This accredited program will build the fundamental traits and abilities you will need to manage and organize a commercial kitchen.
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The award-winning Culinary Arts Management program provides students the opportunity to participate in various catering events, high-end fundraisers, and extracurricular activities to give them the experience needed to work in the culinary industry.
The program is accredited with Exemplary status by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC).
Students can get involved with the Heart of Illinois Professional Chefs Association (HOI Chefs), the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation.
Chef, Executive Chef, Chef de Cuisine, Pastry Chef, Sous Chef, Kitchen Manager, Station Chefs, Caterer, Banquet Chef
if Full Time
64 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2022-23
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
ICC Class of 2011 (Culinary Arts) Director, Food and Nutrition Services, OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job. A close friend of mine got me interested in pursuing my culinary degree at ICC. She would talk about all the amazing foods she made during lab classes and often…
ICC Class of 1992 (Fire Science) Fire Chief, East Peoria Fire Department Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job. I started my career within months of graduating from ICC and completed a Bachelor of Science at Southern Illinois University a few years later. My career path has always focused on the fire service and ICC…
ICC Class of 2011 (Psychology) Transferred to Bradley University – Bachelor’s in Psychology New Business Development Manager, Natural Fiber Welding 2021 ICC Alumnus of the Last Decade Award Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job: After graduating from ICC and then Bradley, I completed two years of AmeriCorps volunteer service through the Local Initiatives Support Corporation…
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We offer a world-class culinary education with a community college approach and price point. Cooking is a universal language — a sauté is a sauté no matter where you live. Our graduates can go anywhere in the world and find a job.Chef Charles Robertson, Program Coordinator
How Do I Get Into the Culinary Arts Management Program?
Be part of ICC’s culinary program — a key player in Peoria’s thriving food scene. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
- Experience working in the restaurant or hospitality industry is highly recommended.
- People skills, communication, and leadership are needed to guide a kitchen and staff.
What Can I Expect As a Culinary Arts Management Student?
- In-depth study of professional cooking and baking including sauces, hospitality management and marketing, sanitation and product identification, food service cost control, and more.
- Learn in a state-of-the art environment designed to replicate a professional kitchen.
- Placement in an internship that matches the area of the industry in which the student would like to enter.
- Benefit from our high placement rate with local and national businesses.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.