The Culinary Arts program is designed for students who are interested in becoming professional cooks, chefs, bakers, pastry chefs, institutional cooks, kitchen managers and those who intend to transfer to a four-year college. This program offers students the opportunity to apply and practice skills learned in all aspects of the culinary arts in a real world environment. Students who join the American Culinary Federation prior to successfully completing the A.S degree program requirement will be eligible for certification upon successful completion of their cumulative practical exam.
The Kapi‘olani Culinary Arts Program offers the following degrees and certificates:
- Associate in Science, Culinary Arts with a Concentration in Culinary Arts (70-72 credits)
- Associate in Science, Culinary Arts with a Concentration in Pastry Arts (65 credits)
- Associate in Science, Culinary Arts with a Concentration in Institutional Food Service Management (63 credits)
- Certificate of Achievement – Culinary Arts (45 credits)
- Certificate of Competence – Culinary Arts (14 credits)
- Advanced Professional Certificate – Culinary Arts (18 credits)
- Certificate of Competence – Culinary Competition (10 credits)
- Certificate of Competence – Dining Room Services (15 credits)
- Certificate of Competence – Pastry Arts (19 credits)
These degrees and certificates differ in the numbers and types of courses required to fulfill all requirements. Some students may not wish to pursue a certificate or a degree or, instead, may select their course of study according to personal interests or occupational needs.
Our graduates are working with organizations such as Alan Wong’s, Roy’s, Top of Waikiki, MW Restaurant, Town, Diamond Head Market & Grill, Sheraton Hotels in Hawai`i, Hilton Hawaiian Village, The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Halekulani, and Disney.