Dorsey College’s Culinary Arts program is designed to give students the opportunity to embrace their love for cooking through in-class instruction and hands-on training. The Culinary Arts diploma program at Dorsey College offers career training along with an externship affording students practical experience in an occupational setting.  The externship allows for the practical application of knowledge and skills students have learned throughout their culinary program.

Over the years, the craft of cooking has elevated. It has transitioned from an exciting hobby to an established culinary industry, shaped by dedicated and experienced professionals in the field. As part of the Culinary Arts training program, each culinary arts student at Dorsey College will receive their own individual pieces of culinary equipment. This equipment will aid in your technique and allow you to practice your culinary skills.  In just one year, you can earn a diploma in culinary arts with help from Dorsey College!


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Looking for “culinary classes near me?”

If you are looking for “culinary classes near me,” the Culinary Arts program is offered at the following Dorsey College campus location:
Dorsey College - Roseville, MI, Campus (A branch campus of Madison Heights)

Culinary Arts program – Things You Can Learn

When selecting a culinary arts program, it’s important to choose one where you can “learn by doing.”  This practical application can aid in the skills a student can develop during their culinary education.  Students who enroll in a Culinary Arts program should expect to be exposed to a variety of topics as part of their training.  A culinary program may cover topics such as:

  • Proper knife cuts
  • Mise en place
  • Safety and sanitation
  • Butchering
  • Baking
  • Various cooking techniques
  • Food preparation
  • Purchasing, costing, inventory control, and kitchen management
  • Nutrition and healthy cooking
  • Exposure to various regional and international cuisines
  • …and more!

In addition, a culinary program may afford students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in a real-world setting through an externship.  At Dorsey College, the Culinary Arts program includes coverage of each of the topics above, and more!  Our chef instructors at Dorsey College are ready to help students learn the skills needed to pursue their newly chosen career.

When you train at Dorsey College, you can earn your culinary diploma in just one year.  That means you can learn the skills needed to gain the competitive and creative edge in the development of your culinary career in a relatively short amount of time!

You could be eligible for up to $1,200 towards your Culinary Arts program tuition! Contact us today to learn more about the new Pat Fischer Culinary Arts Grant.

Culinary Classes at Dorsey College

At Dorsey College, culinary classes take place in both a classroom setting as well as in our kitchens on campus.  This blended approach is designed to provide a strong educational foundation for those learning and honing their culinary skills.

So, you may be wondering, what do students learn in their culinary classes?  At Dorsey College, students will be exposed to a variety of topics throughout their culinary program.  The culinary courses a student will take as part of the Dorsey College Culinary Arts program include:

  • Culinary Fundamentals
  • Culinary Skills
  • Nutrition and Purchasing Fundamentals
  • Culinary Specialties:  Bakeshop and Healthy Cooking
  • Food Service Operations
  • Culinary Specialties:  Catering, Regional and International Cooking
  • Culinary Externship

Flexibility Added to Your Culinary Program

At Dorsey College, we realize that flexibility is important to our students when they select a culinary program.  Because of this, we offer morning, afternoon, and evening classes.  In addition, the Culinary Arts program at Dorsey College is delivered in a hybrid format.  This means that some of the culinary classes will be delivered through distance education, whereas others will take place on campus where students can benefit from hands-on training and develop their culinary skills.  It’s the best of both worlds!

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Getting the Most Out of Your Culinary Program

Students enrolled at a cooking school will want to seize the opportunity to get the post out of their culinary program.  Here at Dorsey College, we’re sharing a few tips to help future culinary students:

  • Take Advantage of Practical Experience:  A culinary arts program may have a variety of opportunities for students to obtain practical experience.  Some of these may include an externship, participating in events or competitions at the school, and assisting with offsite events the school facilitates (such as catering).  Each of these opportunities provide a culinary student with the chance to hone their culinary skills while showing their initiative and desire to learn.
  • Be Open and Flexible:  In cooking school, students may take a variety of culinary courses.  You may like some more than others but be open and flexible to learning.  A Culinary Arts program can provide students with a broad range of knowledge and skills across the industry.  In addition, embrace feedback!  This may be tough at times, but feedback from your chef instructors is meant to make you a better cook.  Remember, it’s better to make your mistakes during your culinary program instead of when you’re working in your new career.
  • Network:  Pursuing a diploma in culinary arts may present you with several opportunities to network.  Make sure you foster good relationships with your chef instructors as well as your fellow students.  In addition, your externship isn’t just about experience, it’s about exposure.  It’s a chance for you to learn more about the industry and it’s an opportunity for you to showcase your skills to industry professionals (and what could be a prospective employer).

Pursuing a Career in Culinary Arts

In addition to the training you receive in your culinary program, it’s important to know how your education can prepare you for a career in the culinary arts.  Be sure to select a Culinary Arts program that is not only focused on helping students learn, but also assists them as they pursue their new career.  A culinary training program is a great way to gain experience and hands-on skills. Since the culinary industry places a great deal of significance on experience, it’s a good idea to enroll in one today!

The culinary industry can offer qualified professionals with a variety of possible career paths.  Graduates of the Culinary Arts program can enjoy a diverse selection of job possibilities. Among these positions are sous chef, rounds cook, line cook, short-order cook, baker, garde manger, and more. Culinary professionals work in many different settings, including restaurants, hotels, resorts, hospitals, and bakeries.

Someone who is just getting started in the industry, such as a recent culinary school graduate, is unlikely to start out as a “chef.” After graduating from a culinary program and gaining a few years of experience in the culinary industry, you may be able to pursue advancement opportunities.

Becoming a Certified Culinarian

Dorsey College encourages all graduates to pursue applicable certifications.  Professional certifications can enhance the prospect of ultimately securing and maintaining rewarding employment.  They can also signal to prospective employers that a candidate has invested both time and effort in their training.

The Culinary Arts program at Dorsey College is accredited by The Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF).  Graduates of Dorsey College’s culinary arts program in Michigan are eligible to become ACF certified culinarians. They will need to have both ACF membership and one year of field experience.

As part of the Culinary Arts program, students also have the opportunity to challenge the ServSafe® certification exam. In addition, students can also challenge the Nutrition certification test of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (“NRAEF”).

Dorsey College will pay the cost one time for students challenging the ServSafe® and NRAEF certification exams. This will be contingent upon the student meeting Dorsey College’s exam preparation requirements.

While pursuing certifications is encouraged, Dorsey College makes no promise or guarantee of a student or graduate’s successful outcome of any certification examination or ability to gain certification or recognition by any professional registry.

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Culinary Arts Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about:

  • Info on Careers in the Culinary Arts
  • Pursuing a Career in the Culinary Arts
  • The Dorsey College Culinary Arts program

Check out our Culinary Arts FAQ page!

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to those who qualify.


Dorsey College is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. This applies to the Madison Heights campus (which serves as the main campus). As well the Dearborn, Roseville, Saginaw, Wayne, and Woodhaven campuses (which are branch campus locations of Madison Heights).

Effective May 4, 2021, Dorsey College was granted approval for hybrid delivery of its Culinary Arts program at the Roseville campus (a branch campus of Madison Heights) by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

The Culinary Arts program at Dorsey College is accredited by The Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF).

ACFEF Reporting of assessment data of student outcomes and success measurements

As a postsecondary ACFEF accredited program, Dorsey College maintains an ongoing system for collecting, documenting and producing programmatic assessment data of student outcomes and success measurements from our Culinary Arts program. This data relates to student graduation rates, student job placement rates and students obtaining entry level ACF certification by graduation.  To access this information, please click here.

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Additional Information

For your reference, we’ve included the links below of several very helpful websites. Here you can learn more about the work performed by those in the Culinary Industry. As well info pertaining to Jobs in the Culinary Arts, the path people take to enter the Culinary field, etc.: