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Follow your passion and get started in a career in culinary arts!

The Professional Cooking Skills training is designed to quick-start your culinary skills. Enroll today, classes start soon! 

WHAT IS THE JOB OUTLOOK?

Demand for food service positions in hospitality industries such as hotel, catering, restaurants and/or other dining establishments, cruise ships, clubs, or airlines will continue to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of chefs and head cooks will grow 8.9 percent by 2024.

WHAT IS THE TRAINING?

This training consists of five face-to-face, noncredit courses. Students attend class four days a week for sixteen weeks. Topics include kitchen procedures, intermediate kitchen skills, cooking techniques, restaurant cooking, menu costing and design, baking techniques, and moreā€¦ 

WHAT COURSES WILL I TAKE?

HCT 359 Hot Kitchen

HCT 333 Certification in Sanitation

HCT 360 Baking Kitchen

HCT 361 Prep Kitchen

HCT 362 Restaurant Kitchen

WHAT CREDENTIALS CAN I EARN?

Noncredit Certificate Coming Soon!

Upon successful completion of the program, students can earn an AACC continuing education certificate and are eligible for employment as a cook.  To receive the certificate, submit a student application for a Continuing Education Certificate to the Continuing Professional Education office, use certificate code CE.PROF-COOK.

Additionally, students may achieve up to 10 credits, through credit by exam, toward a credit certificate or associate degree program in culinary or baking and pastry

WHAT IS THE COST?

$4517 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition, fees, text books, and knife kit.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

Students must purchase two uniforms from Mercer (cookingdistrict.com/mercerstudent.)

Students must be at least 16 years old to enroll.

HOW DO I ENROLL?

Attend an information session.

Register online, by mail or in person. 

For information contact the HCAT Office at 410-777-2966.

Questions?

Additional Studies

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  • Baking and Pastry Arts
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  • Hopitality Managment
  • and more!