Surround yourself with like-minded Culinary Arts students who share your passion for service. A Culinary Arts degree will prepare you for a variety of food preparation positions and for career advancement in the foodservice industry.
We designed our curriculum with jobs in mind. We consulted with local industry experts to create a degree plan to fit the needs of our students. You’ll learn by doing in a real-world environment with commercial-grade equipment.
What You’ll Learn About in Cooking and Pastry Courses
- Regional and international flavors and cooking techniques
- Fundamental and advanced pastry techniques
- Menu management and purchasing
- Hospitality and dining room supervision
- Nutrition, health and food safety
No previous experience is required to enroll. You just need a love of food and a desire to learn. It is recommended to apply for the summer start for a higher opportunity of acceptance into the program.
Upcoming Culinary Arts Information Sessions
- Saturday, April 4 | 10-11 a.m.
- Thursday, April 23 | 6-7 p.m.
- Saturday, May 2 | 10-11 a.m.
- Thursday, May 14 | 6-7 p.m.
All sessions are located at the TJC main campus in the Pirtle Technology Culinary Arts Building, 1110 South Mahon, Tyler Texas 75701.
Due to limited seating, registration is required. To register for a session please contact Larry Matson at Larry.Matson@tjc.edu.
About the Facility
TJC has contracted with Fitzpatrick Architects to design a state-of-the-art culinary arts facility complete with a commercial kitchen and dining area. Practice your craft in a real restaurant setting!
Culinary Arts (AAS)
The Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts prepares students for entry-level restaurant management positions. Students will learn culinary and baking skills as well as management theories, practices, and strategies. Students will spend much of their time working in a culinary arts lab learning traditional, current, American, and international cooking techniques as well as inventory management and purchasing.
Basic Culinary (Certificate)
This certificate introduces students to food safety, kitchen equipment, and basic cooking techniques. These courses teach the fundamental principles of knife and food handling as well as nutrition and menu management. Students earning this certificate will be prepared for entry-level positions in various types of kitchens.
Pastry Arts (Certificate)
This certificate is for individuals interested in the professional baking industry. Students will learn the fundamentals of baking and cake decorating as well as food safety. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions in the baking/pastry industry.
How to Apply
TJC is an open admissions college; however, enrollment in this program is limited. All requirements should be completed before selection for enrollment into the Culinary Arts program. Please follow the guidelines in the admissions application to apply for this program.
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