Culinary Arts

WHAT DOES A FOOD PREPARATION WORKER DO?

If you can take the heat, get in the kitchen with a culinary arts career. Under the supervision of chefs and other culinary professionals, food prep workers perform a number of tasks from preparing and cooking food to baking and planning menus. Work settings include restaurants, institutions, hotels or resorts. Turn your culinary skills into a career by getting hands-on culinary training at Washburn Tech.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

Our culinary program will prepare you to be a productive member of any restaurant or culinary staff. You will learn culinary math, food safety and sanitation, use and care of equipment and food preparation and cooking skills. Instruction also covers baking, purchasing and menu planning, as well as an introduction to restaurant supervision and management. Students must successfully pass the ServSafe certification before continuation in the culinary program. Attending full-time, you can complete the program in two semesters, while part-time and high school students can finish in four semesters.  Upon completion, you will earn a 48 credit hour technical certificate and be eligible to complete an associate degree or more advanced degrees at Washburn University.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

Job opportunities are plentiful for food prep workers. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average entry-level salary for a food prep worker in 2015 was $8.18 an hour or $17,014 annually.  The average wage was $9.39 an hour or $19,541 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $17,014 $8.18
Average $19,541 $9.39

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Serv-Safe
  • OSHA-10

SCHEDULE

This program begins every August.

Daytime Options:
M-F 8:00a—11:10a (2 year pathway)
M-F 11:45a—2:55p (2 year pathway)
M-F 8:00a—2:55p (1 year pathway)