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Virginia Cooking Classes with School and Program Overviews

Virginia has more than 15 colleges that offer cooking programs. Learn about the programs, tuition info and program options for eight of the largest schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

Students looking for cooking classes can find programs at Virginia community colleges. These schools offer certificate and associate programs that teach students about culinary basics, baking, food production and nutrition. Areas of focus include culinary arts, baking and pastry arts and culinary and hospitality management.

In addition to academic coursework, students often have an opportunity to gain experience working in a professional kitchen. Some programs include an internship. Voluntary certification is available through the American Culinary Federation, and different levels can be achieved based on training and work experience. This article covers the eight public and not-for-profit schools in the state offering culinary programs and classes.


Central Virginia Community College

Located in Lynchburg, Central Virginia Community College offers a 36-credit culinary arts certificate program and a 66-credit associate degree program. Students in both programs learn how to make soups and sauces, as well as dishes with fruits, vegetables, meats and poultry. Other classes include baking, sanitation, nutrition, menu management and food production operations. General education requirements and an internship are also part of the degree program.

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge has a culinary arts certificate and associate degree program. The 36-credit certificate program features courses in nutrition, sanitation, fruit and vegetable preparation, meat and poultry preparation, and baking and food production. Students in the associate degree program complete the same courses as the ones in the certificate; however, the 69-credit degree program includes general education requirements and an internship.

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

Based in Richmond, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College features a Center for Culinary Arts, Tourism and Hospitality that offers certificate and associate degree programs with cooking courses. The pastry arts career studies certificate program is 24 credits and teaches students how to make artisan breads, wedding cakes, European tortes, chocolates, custards and crèmes. In addition to a traditional associate in culinary arts degree program, students also have the option of participating in a 15-month fast track degree program. Both options are 67 credits and contain courses with topics in soup, sauce, meat, fruit and vegetable preparation; menu management; food and beverage service; baking principles and American cuisine.

Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College is situated in Annandale and has a culinary arts certificate program that teaches students how to cook. Students are able to learn about baking, nutrition, menu planning, sanitation and food purchasing. The program is 31 credits and takes two semesters to complete. There's also an apprenticeship program that qualifies graduates to take the American Culinary Federation's Certified Cook exam.

Patrick Henry Community College

Located in Martinsville, Patrick Henry Community College has two certificate programs that include cooking courses. The culinary arts certificate program is 28 credits and requires students to complete courses in baking, nutrition and culinary arts basics. Students enrolled in the 29-credit culinary and hospitality management certificate program take courses in fruit and vegetable preparation, soups and sauces, garde manger and cost control. Both programs require an internship.

Rappahannock Community College

Rappahannock Community College is located in Glenns and has a culinary arts certificate program that can be completed with 24 credits. The program combines academic coursework with an internship. Courses teach students about hospitality management, culinary arts principles, food and beverage service management, sanitation and basic food preparation.

Tidewater Community College

Students at this Norfolk college can enroll in the classical cooking certificate or culinary arts associate degree program. The classical cooking certificate is 18 credits and teaches students about baking, American cuisine and international cuisine. Students enrolled in the culinary arts associate degree program complete 67 credits of general education requirements, core courses and an internship. The American Culinary Federation accredits this program, so graduates may earn the Certified Culinarian credential.

Virginia Western Community College

Virginia Western Community College is located in Roanoke and has two culinary arts certificate programs and an associate degree program. The culinary arts - baking and pastry arts program is 29 credits and teaches students to make artisan breads, wedding cakes, chocolates, custards and crèmes. Students in the 27-credit culinary arts certificate program learn about baking, nutrition, soups and sauce preparation, hospitality management and American regional cuisine. The Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts program is 65 credits, and courses include culinary arts principles, food purchasing, nutrition, meat and poultry preparation, sanitation and an internship.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Cooking Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)
Central Virginia Community College 2-year, public; small city Culinary Arts Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts and Management
$4,470 in-state; $10,308 out-of-state*
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College 2-year, public; fringe rural Culinary Arts Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts and Management
$4,350 in-state; $10,188 out-of-state*
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Pastry Arts Career Studies Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
$4,653, in-state; $10,491 out-of-state*
Northern Virginia Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Culinary Arts Certificate $5,138 in-state; $11,055 out-of-state*
Patrick Henry Community College 2-year, public; fringe rural Culinary Arts Certificate,
Culinary and Hospitality Management Certificate
$4,360 in-state; $10,198 out-of-state*
Rappahannock Community College 2-year, public; distant rural Culinary Arts Career Studies Certificate $4,460 in-state; $10,298 out-of-state*
Tidewater Community College 2-year, public; midsize city Classical Cooking Career Studies Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
$5,171 in-state; $11,009 out-of-state*
Virginia Western Community College 2-year, public; small city Culinary Arts - Baking and Pastry Arts Career Studies Certificate,
Culinary Arts Career Studies Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
$4,713 in-state; $10,551 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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