Culinary Arts & Hospitality


Do you have an undeniable passion for cuisine, pastries, and fine dining? A degree in Culinary Arts and Hospitality from Elgin Community College is a great way to enter a delicious career in an industry that continues to grow.

At ECC, you can pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in each significant hospitality discipline: Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts, and Restaurant Management. In the program, you will learn about every aspect of the industry while developing technical and employability skills. You will acquire skills in the core courses taught in a classroom or online and apply these new skills in one of our five commercial kitchen labs and our student-run, fine-dining restaurant, Spartan Terrace.

If you already work in the industry and need to enhance your technical skills, consider a shorter-term commitment by earning a certificate. ECC’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program has transfer agreements with many four-year institutions if you seek a four-year degree. 

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Getting a Job as a Restaurant Manager

Foodservice managers are in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that working in a restaurant, hotel, school cafeteria, or pubs as a restaurant manager or beverage professional will grow by 15% by 2030, which is faster than the average for all occupations. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Food Service Managers, (accessed December 22, 2021). See details about the salary and job opportunities for a career in food service on the ECC Career Coach site.

Chefs and Bakers are in Demand

If you’re interested in working as an executive chef, sous chef, or pastry chef, you can expect higher than average job opportunities. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that graduates of a culinary program will see projected jobs growth of 25 percent by 2030, and jobs as a pastry cook, cake decorator, or baker making loaves of bread and pastries will grow by 10 percent during the same period. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Chefs and Head Cooks and Bakers, (accessed December 22, 2021). See details about the salary and job opportunities in this creative career field in the culinary arts on the ECC Career Coach site.

Program Highlights

Prepare for Immediate Employment

Associate of Applied Science

Vocational Certificates

Basic Certificates

Planning to Transfer

Learn more about earning a Bachelor’s degree, earning summer credits for transfer, or dual admissions with a university by visiting University Transfer & Partnerships.


Anna Maria College 2+2 Program

Complete two years at Elgin Community College, followed by two years online through Anna Maria College, leading to a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science. Learn more about the 2+2 program highlights and requirements

Learn more about the Culinary Arts and Hospitality department at ECC!

Earning an Associate Degree at Elgin Community College can set your career in motion.

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