Culinary Arts

Human Services

Love food?

Consider becoming a Chef with a CULINARY ARTS education.

What is it?

Culinary arts describe the preparation, cooking, and presentation of food and meals. Students who study culinary arts usually work in restaurants, most likely as a cook or chef in the kitchen, but also in “front of the house” roles like servers, greeters, or maître d’s.

What will I do?

  • Menu planning
  • Food purchasing
  • Inventory management
  • Nutrition
  • Equipment operation
  • Food preparation
  • Cooking and baking
  • Sanitation
  • Customer service
  • Management

Leads to these jobs:

  • Caterer
  • Chef
  • Cook
  • Food purchaser
  • Maitre D’
  • Nutritionist
  • Pastry artist
  • Personal cook
  • Restaurant manager / owner
  • Server
  • Sous chef

Is this for me?

  • You should love everything about food, whether cooking or eating
  • Flexible with your time – restaurants are open early, and close late
  • Cooks and chefs are creative, coming up with new ways
    to prepare and present great meals
  • Awesome customer service skills

Restaurant Cooks

Employment Stats in Lake County

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NEW JOB OPENINGS
OVER NEXT 10 YEARS

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JOB GROWTH
OVER NEXT 10 YEARS

Hourly Earnings

  • Entry Level – $8.33
  • Average – $11.12
  • Experienced – $14.78

Source – Emsi, 2018

Interested in pursuing a career in the culinary arts?

IF YOU ARE IN HIGH SCHOOL:
Check first with your local high school to see if they offer a Culinary Arts program. You can also register for the Culinary Arts programs offered by the Tech Campus.

Learn more at: www.techcampus.org/culinary

IF YOU NEED TUITION
OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
:

Lake County Workforce Development has programs that may assist you with tuition or financial assistance.

Learn more here.

Or visit the
Job Center of Lake County’s website.

IF YOU HAVE
GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL:

Check out available Culinary Arts and other human services programs offered by the College of Lake County.

Learn more at: www.clcillinois.edu

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