Culinary Management

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Culinary Management Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College prepares you to go directly into a specialized career within the culinary industry in as little as two years.

Valencia's unique program is the only degree-granting culinary program in Orlando, and is housed in a 61,000-square-foot facility that includes banquet rooms, a high-tech demonstration kitchen with 20 fully equipped workstations, and a state-of-the-art production kitchen. Valencia's Culinary Management program provides you with some of the best chefs in the industry as your teachers, and takes a well-rounded approach, with instruction ranging from sanitation to nutritional analysis, to the basic elements for great classical, international and American cuisine. Whether you are interested in learning the skills to become a great culinary chef, or you are interested in upgrading your culinary talents, Valencia's Culinary Management program has something for you.

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Program Details

Program Overview and Degree Requirements

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Related Certificates

Valencia's certificate programs can put you on the fast-track to reaching your career goals. They are designed to equip you with a specialized skill set for immediate employment or career advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less.

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60 credits

You want to step up. We have a path to a bachelor’s.

More career options. Increased opportunities to advance in your field. A bachelor’s degree at 2/3 the cost of a Florida public university. The Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Business and Organizational Leadership at Valencia College lets you build on your associate degree and prepare for a supervisory or management role in your field or the industry of your choice. Enroll with an associate degree or at least 60 credit hours. Contact a career program advisor to learn more.


Career Outlook

Learn How To

  • Cook, supervise cooks and kitchen personnel
  • Create recipes for healthy cuisine including classical, international and American regional cuisine
  • Plan menus, estimate food needs, order the proper amount of food, track costs and trend analysis
  • Prepare and produce quality food with an emphasis on presentation

Job Outlook

Students have the extraordinary advantage of beginning their culinary careers in one of the most exciting tourist destinations in the world-with some of the best restaurants, and dining establishments, theme parks and resorts in which to work. Excellent career opportunities are also available in catering and banquet services.

Potential Careers

  • Culinary Manager
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Kitchen Supervisor/Manager
  • Executive Chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Steward
  • Lead Cook
  • Prep Cook
$27,000 - $32,000

Placement Rate

The average placement rate for Valencia College A.S. degree and certificate programs ranges between 90 – 95%, according to the latest FETPIP data.

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Culinary Chef in the kitchen for the Culinary Management program

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