Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

Welcome to The Culinary & Hospitality Program. The Culinary Arts Program at Massasoit prepares students to enter the diverse and exciting field of food service. A field work experience requirement obliges the student to have a minimum of 240 hours of paid/non-paid experience in a food-service establishment, thus giving him/her the practical knowledge necessary to supplement his/her studies. 

The curriculum for Culinary Arts requires courses in a wide variety of subject areas as well as at least fifteen Culinary Arts courses. All Culinary Arts students are required to adhere to a dress code, and provide and care for their own uniforms.

The Culinary Arts curriculum at Massasoit is designed to provide students with a variety of entry-level culinary skills, enabling them to enter a position in any area of the food service field that they desire.  The associate degree curriculum provides them with a well-rounded foundation of both pastry and savory food experiences.

Following these outcomes, graduates of the program are able to adjust to any food service operation.  The faculty of the Culinary Arts Program is committed to helping all students in attaining their culinary goals.

  • To develop-entry level skills that will enable students to secure gainful employment in the food service industry.
  • To develop the qualities needed to become successful at the art of being a chef such as stamina, dexterity, food preparation and presentation, food safety and proper use of chef’s tools.
  • To enable students to acquire any new skills in food design and preparation that are needed to succeed in the field.
  • To develop the ability to multi-task in stressful situations in order to redirect and make decisions on a moment’s notice.
  • To become familiar with purchasing, inventory and cost controls, front of the house operations, and the basic principles involved within these tasks.
  • To develop a personal sense of professionalism that will enable the student to have the confidence to understand and maintain the highest standards needed for working in the food service industry.

What's New?
Massasoit’s Culinary Arts Department continues to offer selected culinary arts classes on Saturday, Sunday and/or during weekday evenings.  Selection and availability are determined by program requirements and student enrollments. In addition traditional core classes such as English and Math can be taken on Friday evenings or online during the semester. This format allows students the flexibility to take a variety of courses during the week as well as on the weekends (in order to earn their degree in Culinary Arts). (optional)

Upon completion of this program, the student will be prepared for any entry level cooking or baking position, with endless possibilities for growth in the future. If the suggested course outline is followed, the student will be able to complete this program in as little as two years. 

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Program Requirements

Year 1, Semester 1
Table Service
Culinary Certification
Culinary Concepts
Foundations of Baking
English Composition I

Year 1, Semester 2
The Art of Bread
American Regional Cuisine
Math Elective
Liberal arts elective
Liberal arts elective

Year 2, Semester 1
International Cuisine or Classical Cuisine
Advanced Pastries or Classical Desserts
Field Work Experience in Culinary Arts
English Composition II
Speech Communication or Oral Interpretation

Year 2, Semester 2
Garde Manger
International Cuisine or Classical Cuisine
Advanced Pastries or Classical Desserts
Culinary Arts Elective
Science Elective

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