Job Outlook in the Ft. Lauderdale area:
- Demand for entry level chefs are expected to grow about 14%* between 2014 and 2024.
- Entry level wages are about $11/hour**. Actual wages vary according to education, experience and certifications.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics
**The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Commercial Foods & Culinary Arts/
Professional Culinary Arts & Hospitality
This program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF).
1200 hours/approx. 12 months – full time
M – F 7:05 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.
For the individual who is looking to work in the hospitality industry, our program is a comprehensive, practical, hands-on experience for volume food preparation. We immerse the future professional in many aspects of the commercial food industry. Students will be taught through hands-on experiences in setting-up banquets and fool preparation, including hors d’oeuvres, sausage, cold sauces, along with baking and pastry basics.
We are a comprehensive, fast-paced classroom where all competencies help to prepare the serious individual for entry level employment in various commercial food service establishments. Our students learn the critical importance of sanitation through attaining their ServSafe Food Safety Manager Certification, as well as through nutrition basics and restaurant management within the courses. This program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF).
Additional Skills Covered:
- Basic Science/Math Skills
- Catering & Beverage Service
- Classical Cuisine
- Dining Room Service
- Equipment Operation
- Fruit, Vegetable & Salad Prep.
- Hospitality, Communication & Employability Skills
- International Cuisine
- Meat, Poultry & Seafood Prep.
- Purchasing & Receiving
- Volume Foods
ACFEF Culinary Courses
Safety & Sanitation • Nutrition • Management
Industry Certification & State Credential Exams:
Students will be prepared to take an approved state and/or nationally recognized industry certification or licensure exam in their field of study.
College Credit Transfer Opportunity and/or Advanced Standing:
Upon completion of the program and meeting eligibility requirements, including the attainment of an aligned industry credential, students may be awarded credits toward an AS/AAS Degree by Broward College or select schools in the Florida College System. Students must enroll in Broward College within 2 years of completing the program at Atlantic Technical College. Additional college credit may be awarded with the attainment of additional industry credentials.
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Step 1⇒ Attend a Program Orientation
Step 2 ⇒ Take the Tests of Adult Basic Education or meet exemption criteria
- See your counselor/advisor for details on test exemption criteria.
- Accommodations for testing are available to qualified individuals.
- Visit the Office of Disability Services for details before testing.
Step 3 ⇒ Meet with your counselor/advisor
- Receive test results
- Discuss technical or academic program placement
- Special needs
- Financial aid
- Registration procedures
Step 4 ⇒ Registration and Enrollment