Culinary Arts

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Program ContactJeff Hadley
Email Address[email protected]
Degrees & Pathways
  • AAS - Associate in Applied Science
  • Diploma
  • Certificates
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About The Program

The Culinary Arts program prepares students to assume positions as culinary professionals in a variety of food service settings, including full-service restaurants, hotels, resorts, clubs, catering operations, contract food services and health facilities. With experience, graduates may advance to positions such as sous chef, executive chef or food services manager.

The program provides students with the critical competencies to compete in the job market and to successfully meet the requirements and demands of the industry. The curriculum includes a strong theoretical knowledge base, extensive practical applications and skill-building and an emphasis on professionalism.

Upcoming orientation sessions

All sessions are in-person and last about one hour and are held in Flavors restaurant, on the lower level of Building L (Student Services Building) on Southern Wake Campus.

  • May 2, 12 p.m.
  • May 3, 9 a.m.

Email Department Head Jeff Hadley at [email protected] for more information.

Culinary Arts program highlights

  • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • 12:1 student/teacher ratio
  • Entry-level classes offered every semester, so students can start anytime
  • Daytime and evening classes to fit busy schedules
  • Instructors with wide-ranging culinary experience and education

Accreditation and industry-recognized certification 

Wake Tech’s Culinary Arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Graduates of ACF-accredited post-secondary degree or certificate/diploma programs are eligible to receive a Certified Culinarian® or Certified Pastry Cook certification without paying any fees or taking any separate exams. Graduates must provide a final transcript verifying graduation and documentation of ACF membership. Certificate/diploma graduates must also document one year of entry-level work experience to receive certification. Application and documentation must be submitted within one year of graduation.

Professional association membership opportunities  

As a student in Culinary Arts, you have the option of becoming a junior member of the North Carolina chapter of ACF, the largest professional association of chefs in the nation. As a paid junior member, you automatically receive certification upon graduation. Regardless of your membership status, however, you are welcome to attend monthly meetings. Check the bulletin board for dates, times and locations.

For questions about the ACF or Triangle Chefs Association, contact Jeff Hadley.

    Program outcomes and success measures


    AAS Culinary Arts

    • Graduates: 42
    • Job placement rate: 100%
    • ACF certifications: 0

    AAS Baking and Pastry Arts

    • Graduates: 56
    • Job placement rate: 100%
    • ACF certifications: 0


    AAS Culinary Arts

    • Graduates: 42
    • Job placement rate: 82%
    • ACF certifications: 0

    AAS Baking and Pastry Arts

    • Graduates: 49
    • Job placement rate: 75%
    • ACF certifications: 0

    Program Contact: Jeff Hadley
    Email Address: [email protected]
    Office Phone: 919-866-5990