Culinary Arts @NCC

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Culinary Arts Degree

Northampton Community College's Culinary Arts program prepares students for careers as chefs, bakers, restaurants managers, and more. At NCC, you will learn from professional chefs as you earn your associate degree. This program typically takes two years to complete and all of the required classes are offered at our Bethlehem campus. Our culinary arts students have the opportunity to receive practical training in a modern commercial kitchen and work in our public restaurant, the Hampton Winds, in their second six months of the program. 

Through various on-site special events, students have the opportunity to experience banquet style cooking and plating. In addition, the Chef in Residence program allows students to learn from experienced industry chefs and graduates. Students are given the opportunity to compete in a culinary competition for a chance to extern with Emeril Lagasse. 

Culinary Arts Curriculum 

Students in our culinary program progress from entry-level skills to advanced techniques in both classical and modern cooking, including tableside cooking and plate presentation. Northampton continues to raise the bar in culinary excellence by combining hands-on experiences with quality full-time faculty instruction. Culinary arts courses at NCC vary from safety procedures to preparing food to operating a restaurant. For example, students taking Food Safety and Sanitation learn how to reduce foodborne illness, while Basic Entrees and Vegetables is a study of food preparation. 

Graduates of the program will not only have the ability to create a savory plate, but also provide guests with an enjoyable dining experience. NCC courses prepare students to work efficiently in many different culinary settings and in a variety of roles.


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Careers in Culinary Arts

Whether you're looking to work in a restaurant, hotel, club, or for a corporate food service or catering company, culinary arts is an occupation that is built around teamwork. Careers in the culinary field can be rewarding and satisfying, but it takes dedication, passion, and a desire to work with fellow culinarians who have a passion for the industry. Culinary Arts graduates can expect to work early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays.

 A degree in Culinary Arts from Northampton is perfect for students looking to become chefs, bakers, and caterers. With experience, students can progress to executive chefs, pastry chefs, and back-of-the-house managers. Potential settings include multi-unit franchise restaurants, owner-operated restaurants, four-star hotels, country clubs, corporate food service, and catering businesses.

Culinary Arts Career Paths

  • Chef
  • Line Chef
  • Banquet Chef
  • Executive Chef
  • Baker
  • Pastry Chef
  • Caterer

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