Culinary Arts

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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Why choose Culinary Arts?

  • This program prepares learners for jobs that are ranked number 13 on the Wisconsin Technical College System Top 50 High Demand Fields List (2014–2024).
  • Perfect for those with a creative mind and a desire to provide excellent service.
  • Designed for individuals who are employed and wanting to advance their current skill level or for those wishing to enter the field and begin their pathway in the industry.
Earning a degree in culinary arts is a great way to explore your passion for creating new and exciting dishes. If you love food, you can develop the skills needed to launch your career in this satisfying and stimulating field.

Program Locations

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Culinary Arts program prepares students to provide professional chef and related cooking services in restaurants and other commercial food establishments. Instruction includes recipe and menu planning, preparing and cooking of foods, supervising and training kitchen assistants, the management of food supplies and kitchen resources, aesthetics of food presentation, and familiarity with or mastery of a wide variety of cuisines and culinary techniques.

Graduates of this program are prepared for entry-level roles in the food service and restaurant industry. You will develop both the technical and interpersonal skills needed for success and learn proper food safety practices. Hands-on activities include opportunities to apply culinary skills and plan menus, plan events, produce sales and marketing projects, draft budgets, practice effective management and customer service, and participate in an industry-related internship.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2021/2022 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $10,234.10
  • Books: $1,160.90
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $465.10
  • Total Estimated Cost: $11,860.10

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.

Term: 1
Catalog# Title Credits
10316112 Sanitation for Foodservice Operations 1.00
10316125 Introduction to Food Production 3.00
10801136 English Composition I 3.00
10809103 Think Critically & Creatively 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
(13 Credits)
Term: 2
Catalog# Title Credits
10316128 Introduction to Foodservice 3.00
10316129 Culinary Internship 2.00
10316130 Introduction to Baking 2.00
  • Introductory Statistics 3.00
  • Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
-or- 10804189 Introductory Statistics 3.00
-or- 10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
10316126 Culinary Applications 2.00
  • Speech 3.00
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
-or- 10801198 Speech 3.00
(15-16 Credits)
Term: 3
Catalog# Title Credits
10316131 Nutrition 2.00
10316132 Environmental Sustainability 1.00
10316133 Dining Room Customer Service 1.00
10316134 International Cuisine 2.00
10316135 American Regional Cuisine 3.00
10109134 Cost Control-Revenue Management 3.00
10316127 Menu Planning 3.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 4
Catalog# Title Credits
10196191 Supervision 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
10316136 Purchasing & Receiving 3.00
10316137 Beverage Management 1.00
10316138 Garde Manger 3.00
10316139 Restaurant Operations 4.00
(17 Credits)
(60-61 Credits)



Paul Kennedy received his master’s in business administration from Argosy University in Tampa. He is a certified Culinary Educator and Chef de Cuisine by the American Culinary Federation and as ServSafe Instructor/Proctor by the National Restaurant Association as well as a Certified Hospitality Educator through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. His extensive experienced in culinary and hospitality includes kitchen and restaurant management, hands-on food production, food sales, guest relations, and service in hotels/resorts. He has also held food and beverage manager and director positions and is an award-winning chef who has been featured on television, newspapers, and other media outlets. He is former president of the American Culinary Federation local chapter. Kennedy has served as a Culinary/Hospitality Management Instructor for 16 years.

"Students who graduate from the Mid-State Technical College Culinary Arts associate degree program will be well prepared to meet the challenges of the industry and will have a solid culinary skillset to bring to employers. The Culinary Arts field has extensive opportunities for individuals who are focused, dedicated, educated, and driven. I would encourage students to begin their lifelong learning journey in this exciting field by starting here at Mid-State. The Culinary Arts program also works nicely with our Hospitality Management program for students who wish to set their sights on management skills as well as cooking"

“Hospitality Management graduates will have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than themselves every day and travel, meet, and work with an interesting and diverse group of people as well as experience foods and cultures that the average individual never gets the chance to. It is my pleasure to teach in this program.”


  • Head Cook
  • Line Cook
  • Sous Chef
  • Banquet Chef
  • Chef
  • Garde Manger

“In these crucial times, students must also understand the business side of the industry, and this degree program will help provide talented, passionate employees to a culinary community that is definitely in need of them.”



Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

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