Associate Degree in Culinary Arts
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About This Program
As the third largest national industry and the largest in the state of Maine, the food industry estimates more than 60,000 additional chefs will be needed each year in the United States. SMCC’s Culinary Arts program offers instruction in food preparation and service to supply these demands. The program curriculum covers all aspects of fundamental food preparation including meats, poultry, fish, vegetables, sauces, soups, bread and pastry baking, desserts, specialty cooking, dining room service and more. Students may also participate in culinary study tours to Europe. Related instruction gives emphasis to management techniques, including inventory control, culinary mathematics, personnel and business management, bookkeeping, accounting and menu planning. General education with coursework in English, math and social science and a 400-hour externship rounds out the program. Opportunities for graduates are wide ranging in all areas of both direct food preparation and related management in the food service field.
Your Degree Courses
Culinary Arts offers an Associate in Applied Science degree requiring a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following courses are a sampling of what you might take as a student in this program and are subject to change.
Program Course Sample
- Introduction to Culinary Arts
- Culinary Skills
- Basic Food Preparation/Advanced Cooking Specialties
- Basic/Advanced Pastry and Baking
- Food and Beverage Purchasing
- Buffet Preparation Techniques
Current Major-Specific Courses Available
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- Demonstrate the proper application of dry, moist and combination cooking methods to a variety of food products and test those products for doneness.
- Demonstrate knife cuts and portion control.
- Demonstrate current food service sanitation procedures.
- Serve food according to professional industry standards.
- Calculate costs and apply procedures in order to run a cost-effective food service establishment.
- Create menus that incorporate menu-planning principles that maximize sales and profits.
- Produce a variety of bakery products using standard baking procedures and evaluate the products based on method, timing, appearance, texture, cell structure and overall eating quality.
Estimated Degree Completion Time
Transfer Agreements for Culinary Arts
Hospitality and Tourism, BA
University of Southern Maine
SMCC Degree Program: Culinary Arts