Oakland Community College
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The Culinary Studies Institute offers five programs, giving you many options in the Hospitality field.

Culinary Arts Degree

The largest of the Institute's programs, Culinary Arts gives students a combination of classroom and hands-on experience. In addition to plenty of time in the kitchen labs cooking and baking, specialties such as ice carving and wine and spirits are covered. As a student, you will participate in events such as the annual Wassail Feast and operation of the Ridgewood Cafe, a restaurant located at the Orchard Ridge Campus. It's not only about cooking--you will also learn the management techniques and skills necessary to become an executive chef, and if your goal is to own your own restaurant the Culinary Studies Institute is for you.

Baking & Pastry Arts Certificate

Deserts, wedding cakes and breads are the focus of this program. Pastry chefs are sought after by restaurants, hotels, private clubs and catering companies. In just one year you can learn the special skills it takes to turn out edible works of art.

Restaurant Management Degree

The Restaurant Management degree offers unique courses to develop skills in supervision, leadership, culinary arts, cost analysis, and wines and spirits. Hands-on experience coordinating and managing special events at the Culinary Studies Institute rounds out your education.

Hotel/Motel Management Degree

This degree prepares you for the business of managing a hotel or motel from the inside out. Classes focus on guest services, human resources, marketing, profitability and hotel operations.


  • Master Chef
  • Executive Chef
  • Pastry Chef
  • Personal Chef
  • Hospital Food Services
  • School Food Services
  • Front Office Manager
  • Hotel Office Manager
  • Hotel and Resort Management
  • Hotel and Resort Culinary Staff
  • Catering Companies
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Dining Room Manager
  • Restaurant and Club Chef