Many of our students discover their true passion for food and foodservice later in life, after they’ve already earned an undergraduate degree or spent significant time in other industries. If you already have a bachelor’s degree, this fast-track program enables you to earn a two-year degree in only five quarters.* Students receive the same depth of culinary education as they do in the traditional associate degree program, without repeating general education requirements they have completed at other colleges.
To learn more about Kendall’s accelerated associate in culinary arts degree program, just fill out the short contact form at the bottom of the page.
These courses are fundamental to the associate in culinary arts program:
- Foundations of Professional Cooking I and II – Learn essential knife skills, food safety, seasonings, art of sauce and soups and food pairings. Cultivate a refined palate to detect nuances and shifts in taste.
- Nutritional Cooking – Learn nutrition concepts and apply them directly into the kitchen. Covered within each week—from a chef’s perspective—are topics like weight management, food labeling, food allergies, digestion, diabetes and heart disease. Contemporary ethical food issues will be addressed through cooking for vegetarian, vegan and religious dietary menus.
- Prep, Fire, Plate – This course challenges students to apply the concepts and techniques learned in prior classes to demonstrate their skills. This course will further teach students how to work in an organized manner under pressure and prepare students to cook with urgency and accuracy.
- Professional Growth and Development I, II, III – Designed to achieve two aspects of the industry, professional growth and development. Students will take a practical assessment on skills obtained in their foundational courses and receive feedback to the professional growth of the program compared to industry benchmarks.
For a full list of courses offered in this program, see the Kendall course catalog.
*Time to completion may vary and is dependent on the student’s course load and successful completion of the courses.