Beginning and advanced cooking classes are available through a variety of formats in the state of Maryland. Students could choose to take standalone non-credit cooking classes. They might also enroll in 2-year colleges in order to pursue certificate and associate's degree degrees in Maryland. These programs may include practicum experiences or internships that allow students to build hands-on cooking experience. Even though eight schools offer programs, the six that are detailed below are Maryland's private non-profit and public choices. The programs include:
- Culinary Arts
- Cooking Essentials
- Baking Essentials
- Hospitality Supervision
- Baking and Pastry Arts
- Food Service Management
- Hotel and Restaurant Management
- Hospitality Services Management
- Hotel and Resort Management
Allegany College of Maryland
Cumberland-based Allegany College of Maryland offers several 10-credit programs that award letters of recognition and may be used towards the school's associate's degree program. The associate's degree requires 69 credits with a summer session and includes classes in hospitality management, food service sanitation, food preparation, baking, garde manger, and beverage management, in addition to general education requirements. Culinary students practice their skills in the restaurant in the Gateway Center, in downtown Cumberland. Tuition in culinary programs may vary, depending on state funding, and a portion of the tuition charged out-of-county students may be reimbursed.
Anne Arundel Community College
Arnold's Anne Arundel Community College makes non-credit cooking classes available, which might include options such as international cooking, seafood preparation, regional cooking, and healthy eating. A wide variety of certificate programs are offered in areas such as baking/pastry arts, culinary arts, event planning/catering, and restaurant cooking skills. This school also offers 3 associate's degree programs with cooking classes, in both culinary arts and management. Degree program students fulfill a practicum for degree completion. Out-of-county students may pursue the possibility of tuition waivers for this statewide program.
Situated in Wye Mills, this college offers cooking classes through its continuing education and workforce training in areas such as culinary fundamentals, food preparation, and safe food handling techniques. Also available is a 9-credit letter of recognition program in food service management, a 28-credit certificate program in food service management, a 31-credit certificate program in hotel/resort management and a 61-credit associate's degree program in hotel/restaurant management. Internships are included in the certificate and associate's degree programs.
Frederick Community College
Located in Frederick, this community college has a 16-credit certificate program in hospitality supervision and a 19-credit certificate program in culinary skills available. In addition, an associate's degree in culinary arts and supervision, requiring 61-63 credits and an internship, is offered. Programs are hands-on and take place in modern facilities with state-of-the-art equipment.
Howard Community College
This Columbia-based school offers certificates of proficiency in event management, food/beverage management, lodging, baking/pastries, and professional cooking. An associate's degree program in culinary management is offered, with available concentrations in baking/ pastries, cooking or a dual cooking/baking option. In addition, a hospitality management associate's degree with concentrations in event management, food/beverage or lodging management is offered. Students learn their skills in modern facilities, have chances for experiential learning and may earn credits for related work experience.
Prince George's Community College
Prince George's Community College, located in Largo, prepares aspiring cooks and managers through its letter of recognition programs in meeting/event management, food service management, and lodging management. Certificate programs comprised of 31 credits are available in culinary arts, hospitality services management and meeting/event management, in addition to associate's degrees being offered in culinary arts, food science, and hospitality services management. The faculty in this school's Hospitality, Tourism, and Culinary Arts Department includes working professionals and full-time instructors. Students choose from traditional classes that span a semester or shorter, focused courses.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Cooking Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Allegany College of Maryland||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Letter of Recognition in Cooking Essentials,
Letter of Recognition in Baking Essentials,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
| $4,220 (in-district)*
|Anne Arundel Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Standalone Cooking Classes,
Certificate in Baking/Pastry Arts,
Certificate in Culinary Arts,
Associate of Applied Science in Hotel/Restaurant Management - Culinary Arts,
Associate of Applied Science in Hotel/Restaurant Management - Baking and Pastry Arts
| $4,670 (in-district)*
|Chesapeake College||2-year, public; distant rural|| Standalone Cooking Classes,
Letter of Recognition in Food Service Management,
Food Service Management Certificate,
Hotel/Resort Management Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Hotel/Restaurant Management
| $3,818 (in-district)*
|Frederick Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Hospitality Supervision Certificate,
Culinary Skills Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts and Supervision
| $3,578 (in-district)*
|Howard Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate of Proficiency in Baking/Pastries,
Certificate of Proficiency in Professional Cooking,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Management
| $3,936 (in-district)*
|Prince George's Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Letter of Recognition in Food Service Management,
Certificate in Culinary Arts,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts,
Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Services Management
| $3,770 (in-district)*
Sources: * NCES College Navigator.