Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

CUA 101 : Orientation to the Hospitality Profession

This course introduces various facets and opportunities within the hospitality profession. The intent is for students to gain a broad base of information relative to the hospitality industry. Emphasis is placed on having students comprehend their role as a hospitality industry professional. Topics include an overview of the hospitality profession, knowledge and skills necessary for successful employment, the impact of the hospitality profession on society, issues that impact on various segments of the hospitality profession, and emerging trends.

Credits

3

CUA 102 : Catering

This course includes the theory and practice of operating a catering business. Topics include food production and management related to catering and other special services. Upon completion, the student will have a working knowledge of the principles involved in operating a catering business.

Credits

3

CUA 110 : Basic Food Preparation

In this course students acquire fundamental knowledge and skills in preparing a variety of basic foods. Specific topics include safety, the history of food service, professional standards of conduct and ethics, credentialing, the kitchen brigade, tools, and techniques for preparing various types of food items.

Credits

3

Corequisites

CUA 120, CUA 116

CUA 111 : Foundations in Nutrition

This course focuses on nutrition and meal planning in relation to the food preparation industry. Topics include the science of food and nutrition, essential nutrients and their relation to the growth, maintenance and functioning of the body, nutritional requirements of different age levels and economic and cultural influences on food selection. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply the basic principles of meal planning.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

CUA 116

CUA 115 : Advanced Food Preparation

In this course, students apply food preparation and meal management skills in all areas of food service. Emphasis is placed on management and technical skills needed to operate a restaurant. Upon completion, students will develop advanced skills in food preparation and meal management.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

CUA 116 : Sanitation and Safety

This course introduces the basic principles of sanitation and safety in food service operations. Specific topics include microbial contaminants, food allergens and food borne illness, personal hygiene, basic first aid, food management systems, and proper food selection, receiving, storage, and preparation. Special emphasis will be placed on the creation of a HAACP for the safe movement of food through the food service operation and the development of a plan for dealing with customer allergies. At the conclusion of this course students will be prepared to test for ServSafe©Manager certification and certification as an allergen specialist. This course is foundational for all culinary classes.

Credits

3

CUA 120 : Basic Food Preparation Lab

In this course students acquire fundamental knowledge and skills in preparing a variety of basic foods. Specific topics include safety, the history of food service, professional standards of conduct and ethics, credentialing, the kitchen brigade, tools, and techniques for preparing various types of food items. At the conclusion of this course students will demonstrate basic food preparation skills.

Credits

2

CUA 125 : Food Preparation

In this course students acquire fundamental knowledge and skills in preparing a variety of basic foods. Specific topics include safety, the history of food service, professional standards of conduct and ethics, credentialing, the kitchen brigade, tools, and techniques for preparing various types of food items. At the conclusion of this course students will demonstrate basic food preparation skills.

Credits

5

CUA 183 : Culinary Art Sculpture

This course includes the notion of fantasies that accompany the sculpturing motion with food. Work on centerpieces for all occasions will be included. The student will be exposed to a variety of three-dimensional edible mediums from walking cakes to salt dough.

Credits

3

CUA 201 : Meat Preparation and Processing

This course focuses on meat preparation and processing. Students will be responsible for the preparing of meats including beef, pork, poultry, fish, and seafood so they can be used for final preparations in the other stations of the kitchens. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles in meat preparation and processing.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

CUA 203 : Stocks and Sauces

This course challenges the student to the greatest tests of a chef’s skills. Whether they are classic or contemporary good sauces demand the highest technical expertise. Students learn why particular sauces will or will not go with particular dishes. The student will focus on brown and white stocks; consommé’s, fumets and essences; glazes and roux’s. The student will further develop mother sauces and compound sauces.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

CUA 205 : Intro to Garde Manger

This course is designed to develop skills in the art of Garde Manger. Topics include pates, terrines, galantines, ice and tallow carving, chaudfroid/aspic work, charcuterie, smoking, canapés, hor d’oeuvres and related food items. Upon completion, students should be able to design, set up, and evaluate a catering function to include a classical cold buffet with appropriate showpieces.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

CUA 213 : Food Purchasing and Cost Control

Emphasis is placed on procurement, yield tests, inventory control, specification, planning, forecasting, market trends, terminology, cost controls, pricing, and food service ethics. Upon completion, students should be able to apply effective purchasing techniques based on the end-use of the product.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

CUA 214 : International Cuisine

This course focuses on various cuisines from countries and regions throughout the world. Students will prepare complete menus reflective of the culture and goods of these countries and regions with emphasis on ingredients and authentic preparation methods. Upon completion, students should be able to research and execute international menus.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

CUA 215 : Regional Cuisines of the Americas

This course provides a brief history of the ancient American foods that enhanced the world’s cuisines. Emphasis is placed on how these foods influenced the “American Cuisines” of today. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to research and execute regional American cuisine.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

CUA 255 : Field Experience - Savory

A minimum of 200 hours of supervised practical experience in an approved food service system assigned by the Coordinator. Students are supervised jointly by director on the job and by the college instructor. Students gain practical experience in food services. This course may be repeated credit.

Credits

3

CUA 275 : Modern Cooking Techniques

This course will explore techniques used in the modern kitchen, including Sous Vide cooking and Molecular Gastronomy, as well as associated equipment. The class will focus on “small plates” and modern plating design. At the end of the course students will be able to prepare a variety of dishes using the techniques and equipment they learned about in the class and to present them based on the plating design guidelines discussed.

Credits

3

CUA 285 : Culinary Capstone

In this course students will demonstrate their mastery of the required competencies for completion of a culinary degree. Students will complete their competency checklist and demonstrate their culinary abilities by preparing a meal to be judged by a panel of chefs.

Credits

1

Prerequisites