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Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts program at Joliet Junior college offers students a first-class education at one of the most highly respected culinary programs in the nation, and in one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the world.

What Will I Learn?

Through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience, students are trained in all aspects of the industry, including cooking methods, pastry and baking techniques, sanitation, management, product ID, purchasing, nutrition and cost controls.

What is Unique About Our Culinary Arts Program?

The Culinary Arts Program is an accredited program of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation, Inc. Accrediting Commission.

Our faculty is composed of full-time, multi-certified instructors who have won some of the most prestigious local, national and international awards and accolades, including a World Culinary Olympics gold medal. They take learning beyond the classroom, leading student competition teams and supervising student culinary clubs. Students can also participate in special gourmet events and activities.

Joliet Junior College students continually come out on top in culinary competitions against some of the best programs in America.

Gainful Employment Information

Uniform and Cutlery

Kitchen supply ordering information can be found under myJJC.

Degree & Certificate Information

What Are My Career Opportunities?

Joliet Junior College graduates are exceptionally well-prepared for careers in the food industry. Employment opportunities are plentiful for them, locally, nationally and globally. In fact, Disney World and the Marriott Corporation actively recruit JJC students even before graduation.

JJC graduates may eventually go on to careers as bakers, pastry chefs, chefs, caterers, banquet chefs, culinary teachers, bakery owners, wedding cake designers, restaurant or hotel managers or food critics, to name a few.

Additional Information

  • Salary Estimates

    The national average salary for chefs and head cooks range anywhere from $27,000/year to $62,000/year. Location and service industry are a couple of the determining factors for this range.

    Source: U.S. Department of Labor (May 2016)

  • Student Clubs

    The Culinary Arts Department at Joliet Junior College offers a wide variety of clubs where students can participate in special events including the Annual Spring Gala, Farm to Fork, summer International Culinary Tours, restaurant and industry related field trip and many student competitions.

    • Competitive Cooking Club
    • Epicurean Club

    View the Office of Student Activities webpage for more information on joining clubs.

    Student members are encouraged to try out for a spot on the club competition team where they will compete in regional and national competitions.

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