Schools generally offer culinary arts certificate and associate's programs through either their business or hospitality departments. Ohio institutions to offer such programs include two- and four-year, public schools. In addition to didactic curriculum, culinary arts programs include a large amount of hands-on training, and many programs include internship or externship opportunities. Voluntary professional exams and certifications are optional to some schools' graduates; no licensing is necessary to work in the culinary arts.
Ohio has about 15 colleges and universities offering culinary arts programs. The list below itemizes ten of the state's largest colleges and universities with culinary arts programs.
Central Ohio Technical College
Central Ohio Technical College in Newark offers a two-year associate's degree program in culinary science technology that provides students with hands-on experience through an on-campus first-year internship and an externship with a business during the second year. Students take core culinary courses in fundamental cooking techniques, equipment operation, menu development, computer usage and inventory control. Graduates may transfer to Ohio State University's bachelor's degree program in food science and technology to become a food technologist or a food scientist. The school also offers a one-year certificate program in culinary science
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Cincinnati offers culinary arts certificates and degrees through the hospitality technologies department, which features the Midwest Culinary Institute. The institute is a nationally recognized center that features state-of-the-art facilities, includes eight kitchens, a butcher shop and decorating lab. The department offers a certificate in culinary arts that is geared towards the 'hobbyist' rather than someone looking for professional training. The associate's program in culinary arts provides students with instruction in food preparation, including confectioneries, pastries, soups and sauces. Students looking to become bakers or pastry chefs may enroll in the associate's degree program in pastry arts.
Columbus State Community College
The degree and certificate in baking at Columbus State, located in Columbus, prepares students to help in making baking products, such as desserts, rolls, breads and cakes. Students also receive management training within the degree program. Additionally, the hospitality management department offers an apprenticeship in the culinary arts in association with the American Culinary Federation (ACF). The apprenticeship includes on-the-job training and courses. Graduates earn an associate's degree in hospitality management and can become certified culinarians (ACF designation) and journeyman chefs (U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Apprentice and Training).
Cuyahoga Community College
Cleveland's Cuyahoga Community College's Hospitality Management Center offers degree and certificate programs in culinary arts that require students to complete an on-site, supervised field experience (generally during the summer). Students work in various workstations to strengthen their skills and classroom training. Students who complete the short-term certificate in personal chef training can apply earned credits toward the associate's degree program. Students enrolled in a culinary program at Cuyahoga are eligible to apply for various scholarships.
Located in Nelsonville, Hocking College offers two-year programs in culinary arts accredited through the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission. Offered through the hospitality division, the associate's degree program in culinary arts includes coursework in cuisine fundamentals, nutrition, catering and garde manger, as well as culinary arts labs and field experience. In addition to the general culinary arts program, students may choose to concentrate in baking through courses in baking development, production and planning. Students learn to make breads, pastries, cakes and desserts.
Lorain County Community College
Lorain County Community College in Elyria opened a new Culinary and Convergent Digital Arts facility in 2012, which includes multi-use spaces, dining lab and three teaching kitchens with modern tools and equipment. The culinary arts program not only provides students with skills in cooking, but with skills to take other culinary-related positions. Students complete a summer externship before the beginning of the second year.
Owens Community College
At the Toledo campus' School of Health Sciences, students can complete certificate programs in baking and pastry arts and culinary arts. Credits earned in the certificate programs may be applied to Owens Community College's associate's degree program in culinary arts. Graduates of the culinary arts associate's degree program are eligible to sit for the Certified Dietary Manager/Certified Food Protection Professional exam. This exam is administered by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals. The associate's degree program requires students to complete a 320-hour co-op experience. Hands-on experience can also be gained through the student-run on-campus restaurant.
Sinclair Community College
Situated in Dayton, the business and public services division's food service management certificate includes ProManagement courses from the National Restaurant Association. Students can also earn a ProManagement certificate. Credits earned by completing either the bakery specialist or food service management certificate program can be applied to the culinary arts associate's degree program. The associate's degree program has American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission's accreditation and features a four-credit culinary arts work experience course.
Stark State College
Stark State in North Canton has a new associate's degree program in culinary arts offered through its business and entrepreneurial studies division. Students take classes in food fundamentals, food purchasing, marketing, event management, buffet and catering and menu planning. Students are also required to complete a culinary practicum.
University of Akron
Akron's University of Akron offers certificate and associate's degree programs in culinary arts, as part of the university's Summit College. Students enrolled in these programs run the on-campus 'Crystal Room Bistro', a full service restaurant. Students may also join the Hospitality Club and the Garde Manger Club. Students may qualify for scholarships provided by hospitality businesses in the area.
School Comparison: At A Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Culinary Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)|
|Central Ohio Technical College||Two-year, public; small suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Science Technology;
Certificate in Culinary Science
|$4,296 in-state; $7,056 out-of-state*|
|Cincinnati State Technical and Community College||Two-year, public; large city||Certificate in Culinary Arts,
Associate of Applied Business in Culinary Arts,
Associate of Applied Business in Pastry Arts
|$3,825 in-state; $7,393 out-of-state*|
|Columbus State Community College||Two-year, public; large city||Baking Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management -- Culinary Apprenticeship,
Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management,
Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management in Restaurant and Foodservice Management - Baking and Pastry Arts
|$3,808 in-state; $8,430 out-of-state*|
|Cuyahoga Community College||Two-year, public; large city||Certificate of Proficiency in Professional Culinarian/Cook,
Professional Baking Certificate of Proficiency,
Personal Chef Short Certificate,
Associate of Applied Business in Hospitality Management - Culinary Arts
|$3,136 in-district; $3,953 in-state; $7,648 out-of-state*|
|Hocking College||Two-year, public; distant town||Associate of Applied Business in Culinary Arts,
Associate of Applied Business in Culinary Arts: Baking
|$4,390 in-state; $8,780 out-of-state*|
|Lorain County Community College||Two-year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Business in Hospitality and Tourism Management - Culinary Arts||$3,077 in-district; $3,679 in-state; $7,302 out-of-state*|
|Owens Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Baking and Pastry Certificate,
Culinary Arts Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts
|$4,233 in-state; $8,236 out-of-state*|
|Sinclair Community College||Two-year, public; midsize city||Food Service Management Certificate,
Bakery Specialist Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management and Tourism - Culinary Arts
|$2,476 in-district; $3,604 in-state; $6,868 out-of-state*|
|Stark State College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Business in Business Management - Culinary Arts||$3,686 in-state; $5,794 out-of-state*|
|University of Akron||Four-year, public; midsize city|| Certificate in Hospitality Management - Culinary Arts,
Associate of Applied Business in Hospitality Management - Culinary Arts
|$10,509 in-state; $19,040 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator