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Culinary Arts Program

The Culinary Arts diploma program at Dorsey Schools is designed to prepare students to work in professional food serving facilities in both the public and private sectors.

  • Students “learn by doing” the practical side of professional food preparation.
  • Education in the Culinary Arts program takes place in both kitchen and classroom settings.
  • Students of the Culinary Arts program will have the opportunity to learn skills that are needed to gain the competitive and creative edge in the development of their culinary career.
  • A culinary knife kit, textbooks, a chef’s hat, coat, and pants are provided to students by Dorsey Schools.
  • Exposure to fundamental skills necessary for success in the culinary arts, including proper sanitation, knife cuts, “mise en place,” cooking techniques, food preparation, food purchasing/specifications, catering and professionalism.
  • Students will have the opportunity to learn various aspects of the culinary industry, including baking, butchering, and healthy cooking and nutrition.
  • The Culinary Arts program will also introduce students to menu planning/pricing, kitchen management, and inventory control.
  • An externship is included in the program allowing students to apply what they have learned throughout the program in a real-world culinary environment.
  • Students have the opportunity to challenge the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe® Certification exam and challenge the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (“NRAEF”) Nutrition certification test, as part of the Culinary Arts program. Dorsey Schools will pay the cost one time for students in this program to challenge these certification exams, contingent upon the student meeting Dorsey Schools exam preparation requirements.
  • The Culinary Arts program at Dorsey Schools is programmatically accredited by The Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF). Each graduate of the Culinary Arts program at Dorsey Schools is eligible to become an ACF certified culinarian with documentation of both membership in the ACF and one year of in-field working experience.
  • Practical training in this program may include providing culinary goods and services that may be sold to the general public.
  • Roseville Campus
  • Waterford-Pontiac Campus

Professional Cooking Career Outlook

Graduates of the Culinary Arts program can enjoy a diverse selection of job possibilities to choose from. Some of these positions include:

  • Sous chef
  • Rounds cook
  • Line cook
  • Short-order cook
  • Baker
  • Garde manger
  • Pantry supervisor
  • …and more!

Jobs in this field can be found anywhere food is prepared and served in both private and public settings, such as restaurants, hotels, resorts, hospitals, and bakeries.

It’s important to note that the Culinary field places value on experience within the industry. Because of that, someone just graduating from a Culinary Arts program or someone just entering the field is not likely to obtain a position with the title of a chef. If becoming a chef is one’s career aspirations, pursuing culinary training and obtaining a few year’s of work experience in a culinary environment may position someone to pursue advancement and/or growth opportunities in this field.

  • According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of cooks (positions that can be filled by Culinary Arts graduates) is projected to grow 4% from 2014-2024.a
  • According to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of cooks (positions that can be filled by Culinary Arts graduates) is projected to grow 7.1% from 2014 to 2024.b

Enroll in the Culinary Arts program at Dorsey Schools today and get the career training you need to enter the creative world of food preparation.

  • 24Grille
  • Andiamo’s Restaurant
  • ARAMARK
  • Avalon International Breads
  • Canterbury on the Lake
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Levy Restaurants at Ford Field
  • Oakhurst Country Club
  • Oakland Hills Country Club
  • Red Smoke BBQ Restaurant
  • Vinsetta Garage
  • Windemere Park Senior Community
  • …and more!

Why Choose Dorsey

Dorsey Schools is a respected post-secondary institution, having trained and taught quality graduates in Michigan since 1934. At Dorsey Schools, you’re not just a number. You have specific goals; goals that are unique to you as an individual and as a student at Dorsey Schools, we’re going to work hard to help you reach those goals. Our instructors and administrators know students individually and they care about each individual student. In addition, our schools are designed to help students throughout their time with us from the Admissions process through Financial Aid to Career Services, our administrators are readily available. Here at Dorsey Schools, we have a strong commitment to our students and the communities in which they live and work.

  • Small Class Sizes: Many of our lecture classes have a maximum of a 30:1 student to teacher ratio (some may be up to 40:1, it varies by campus), and most lab classes have a maximum of an 18:1 student to teacher ratio, allowing students to receive personal attention and the one-on-one guidance needed for success.
  • Quality Instructors: Our industry-experienced instructors are dedicated and committed to our students’ success. Every Dorsey Schools instructor meets or exceeds State of Michigan and accreditation criteria, guidelines, and qualifications. It’s not uncommon for Dorsey students to see their instructors as their coach and mentor throughout their studies.
  • Hands-on Training: We provide our students with program-specific curriculum dedicated to assist them in learning the skills needed for that specific career. Learning at Dorsey Schools often takes place in both lecture and lab settings allowing students the ability to practice the skills they are learning. Many of our programs also include an Externship prior to graduation, designed to model the work environment students may experience upon Graduation.*
  • Short-Term Training Programs: Many of the programs at Dorsey Schools can be completed in a year or less, allowing you to complete your training in a relatively short period of time.**
  • TEN Convenient Campus Locations: We have TEN campus locations (Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Lansing, Madison Heights, Roseville, Saginaw, Southgate, Taylor, Waterford-Pontiac, Wayne-Westland) prepared to assist the people of Michigan develop skills needed for exciting new career opportunities. Each of our campuses has a dedicated staff available to help you throughout your studies.
  • Convenient Class Schedules: We realize our students are busy and often juggle commitments outside of school. As a result, we offer Day, Afternoon, and Evening classes*** designed to fit your schedule.
  • Tuition Planning: Each of our campuses has Financial Aid Representatives available to meet with students and discuss financing options. We realize the Financial Aid process can be difficult to understand, but our team will help students understand the process and options available to them. Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.
  • Career Services: Each of our campuses has Career Services professionals dedicated to offer employment assistance to all eligible graduates. In addition, Dorsey Schools has developed relationships with employers in Michigan which, when coupled with the job search skills students learn, creates positive employment possibilities for our graduates. Dorsey Schools is your Career Connection™.

*Programs vary by campus
**Completion time varies by program
***Availability varies by campus


aBureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Cooks, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/food-preparation-and-serving/cooks.htm (visited July 11, 2016).

bMichigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Cooks, All Other (SOC Code: 35-2019), http://milmi.mt.gov (visited July 11, 2016).

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