Thinking about a career in the culinary arts? We’re here to help! Learn what a culinary career is all about, the qualities needed for success, and the different career paths you can take. A culinary career can offer you higher pay, more flexibility, better career options, and the foundation to eventually become your own boss.

At Cincinnati State, we offer a range of three stackable Culinary Arts programs, certificate, associate’s, and bachelor’s degrees. Whether you require basic food preparation training or coursework involving high-level cooking methods, we have a program to help you achieve your career goals. 

Whether you are new to the culinary arts or looking to continue your education, we have a program to help you achieve your career goals. A culinary career offers high pay, opportunities to advance, the chance to express yourself, and the ability to learn valuable skills and work in exciting environments.


Complete your associate’s degree in 2 years


100% of program graduates said the program prepared them very well in this field.


Average Cost Of $16,500 before financial aid


The job market for chefs/cooks is expected to grow 15% by 2031 according to a study conducted by AARP.

Benefits Of A Culinary Arts Career

A culinary arts career can offer you higher pay, independence, flexibility, and the chance to explore your own creativity. Here are some key benefits of a culinary arts career:

In-Demand Jobs
The worldwide hospitality/tourism sector is among the fastest-growing worldwide.
Transferable Skills
No matter your path, acquire skills like food preparation, customer service, and time management that can apply to other careers.
The culinary field constantly evolves, offering opportunities to innovate and experiment with new trends and techniques.
Travel Opportunities
Once you’ve learned specific skills, you could work anywhere from Pittsburgh to Paris!
Many culinary professionals end up launching their own restaurant, catering, or consulting business.

Are The Culinary Arts Right For Me?

Whether you dream of becoming a top chef, a restaurant manager, or owning your own catering business, the culinary field offers diverse and rewarding career opportunities.

Start a career where you can combine both your passion and purpose! The Culinary Arts program will equip you with the technical skills and knowledge to thrive in this industry.

If this sounds like you, a culinary career could be a good fit!

A need to be creative to design new food products, dishes, and experiences.
Calm Under Pressure
Remaining calm helps chefs think clearly and quickly resolve any unexpected issues that arise in the kitchen.
Communication Skills
Good communication minimizes misunderstandings, reduces mistakes, and ensures food preparation consistency.
Being A Team Player
Culinary careers often involve working closely with a team, fostering camaraderie and collaboration.
Attention To Detail
The best cooks and chefs understand the importance of detail, from measurements, to flavor combinations and food safety.
Things don’t always go to plan in the kitchen, so problems need to be addressed and solved as soon as possible.
Those in the culinary field often have to juggle multiple tasks in busy and fast-paced environments
How to Take the Next Step Today

Your path at Cincinnati State starts when you apply, but If you’re not quite ready, you can reach out with any and all questions or explore college and program details like key dates, courses, costs and financial aid options via the links below or by requesting your starter kit.

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