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 for 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
This program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF).
1200 hours/approx. 10 months – full time
M – F 7:05 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.
Students will be prepared for employment in various commercial food service establishments such as restaurants, cafeterias, country clubs, and catering services as entry level chefs. Students practice hands-on skills that are required to prepare commercial foods in quantity. All phases of baking are taught as part of the program, including pies, yeast breads, quick breads, cakes, cookies, as well as cake decorating.
The content of this program includes job related classroom competencies in sanitation, safety, employability skills, care and use of equipment, basic nutrition, menu planning, food costing, portion control, and hospitality management. Students must complete the core competencies and may select a specialty area in which they will receive additional training.
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 e-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 Credit:
Upon completion of the program and meeting eligibility requirements, including the attainment of an aligned industry credential, students may be awarded credits toward an Associate Degree by Broward College or 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.
To get started in the Commercial Foods/Culinary Arts, sign up today for a program orientation.
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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