Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts Degree

The Culinary Arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation. The curriculum prepares students for a career in culinary arts that may lead to an executive chef position with industry experience. In addition to hands-on cooking and baking coursework, students will learn about guest services, cost analysis, menu development, wine and spirits, and event planning. Opportunities include competing in food competitions and being a part of OCC’s award-winning Ice Carving Team.

Start Your Someday Today!

Fill out our inquiry form for more program information, general questions, or to register for orientation.

The demand for culinary professionals is on the rise!

According to the National Restaurant Association, food service and restaurant workers account for 10% of all workers in Michigan. The demand for culinary professionals is on the rise, with another 31,900 jobs expected by 2029. To prepare for this influx, employers are looking for culinary professionals with the skills and abilities needed to be successful in this competitive industry.

Careers in Culinary

Culinary and hospitality careers involve much more than cooking: 

  • Food Service Management  
  • Dietician 
  • Food Science
  • Food safety policy  
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Entrepreneur  
  • Research and Development 
  • Test Kitchen Chef 
  • Corporate Hospitality

Culinary experts may even serve in financing and human services departments, run public soup kitchens, or perform government work creating food-related policies. Culinary graduates can also expand into food photography, public cooking demonstrations, or work at lecturing in universities. Other opportunities include menu design, culinary establishment consulting, food writing and even working in test kitchens. 

Degree Plan

Program Plan

Michigan is home to a diverse mix of eclectic cuisine. Many award-winning chefs received their training at the Culinary Arts Institute at Oakland Community College.

OCC competition teams are nationally recognized with alumni and students winning prestigious awards for technical skills and industry achievement. 

Culinary competition opportunities are available for all students in the program. OCC’s Ice Carving team has been National Ice Carving Champions for 11 of the past 14 seasons. For the past 10 years, OCC ice carvers have had more than 50 first-place finishes in ice carving competitions and gone on to win the National Ice Carving Championships in Frankenmuth.

Did you know?


In this Oakland Community College “Empower Yourself” video series, OCC culinary arts student Hitomi Tomobe from Troy, Michigan, shares her thoughts on how passionate and positive OCC culinary arts faculty are and how invested they are in their students.

Student Orientation

Students who want to take the next step in exploring their culinary career, attend one of the orientation sessions below. 

Students are required to attend an informal culinary orientation to learn about the program requirements and scheduling prior to taking CUL-1011. The session lasts for approximately 1 hour. CUL-1010 may be taken before Orientation.

Fill out our inquiry form to register for the session of your choice or email Rachel Lewis. Orientation is held over Zoom.

   Culinary Photos

Upcoming Culinary Events

Culinary Orientation
April 25, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Virtual Event

See all culinary events


Start Your Someday Today!

Fill out our inquiry form for more program information, general questions, or to register for orientation.

Please submit your full email address, including the "@" symbol and the TLD (.com, .edu or other)
Please submit your full phone number including the area code, ex: (248) 555-5555
Which program are you interested in?
Would you like to sign up for an orientation? *