Culinary Arts Training Program

The Culinary Arts diploma program at Dorsey Schools offers career training in this popular profession that continues to grow. Cooking has been elevated in the past few years from an intriguing hobby to a whimsical art form to a serious career goal, crafted by dedicated and experienced professionals. As part of the Culinary Arts program, each student will receive their individual culinary equipment that is necessary to complete the cooking courses in this program. Designed to prepare students to work in professional food serving facilities in both the public and private sectors, students of the Culinary Arts program “learn by doing” in the practical side of professional food preparation; education takes place in both kitchen and classroom settings. An externship component will allow students to assimilate the knowledge they’ve learned in the program into practical application.

Culinary Arts Schools Diploma Program

Students of Dorsey Schools Culinary Arts program have the opportunity to acquire the experience and training that are needed to gain the competitive and creative edge in the development of their culinary career.

The Culinary Arts program at Dorsey Schools is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation.

The Culinary Arts Diploma Program is offered at the following Dorsey Schools campus locations:

Culinary Arts Training

Training in this program includes:

  • ACFEF LogoExposure 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 and pricing, kitchen management, and inventory control.
  • An externship is included in the program that allows 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.
  • Practical training may include providing culinary goods and services that may be sold to the general public.
  • 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.

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 may include sous chef, rounds cook, line cook, short-order cook, baker, garde manger, and pantry supervisor, among others. 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 industry is one that places great value on experience in the field.  That said, it is unlikely that someone just entering the field or a new graduate from a Culinary Arts program would begin working under the occupational title of “chef,” however, after obtaining training in this field and having a few years of work experience in the culinary arts may position someone to pursue advancement opportunities.

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 In addition, 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.

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Graduates from Dorsey Schools have been employed by:

  • 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!

To learn more about the Culinary Arts program at Dorsey Schools, call 888-422-1188 or contact us.

Culinary Arts FAQs

Check out our Culinary Arts FAQ page to learn more about…

  • Info on Careers in the Culinary Arts
  • Pursuing a Career in the Culinary Arts
  • The Dorsey Schools Culinary Arts Program

Culinary Arts Program – Gainful Employment Disclosures

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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/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).