Professional Culinary Arts & Hospitality - Clearwater

  • Culinary  

    Length 1200 hours
    Admissions Contact Lidija Milisav -
    Course Information J. Drum - 727-538-7167 ext. 2141
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    Mission: The Pinellas Technical College Culinary Arts Department is committed to offering students an accredited and comprehensive culinary arts program. Through trained professional instructors, multi-media and classroom studies, as well as demonstrational and practical application in the kitchen and bakery, this department will offer the best training for application in today’s market place.

    This program prepares the student for the following certification:


    Students must complete the ServSafe® course as part of their classroom training, in order to work in the kitchen lab and to be eligible for program completion.

    Program N100500 consists of a planned sequence of courses:
    Food Preparation - Course HMV0100 (300 hours) – This course includes instruction in the food service industry, food sanitation and kitchen safety, kitchen math, equipment, an introduction to nutrition, reading and following recipes, food science and basic cooking principles, and includes an introduction to the kitchen. All students must become ServSafe® certified in safety and sanitation.
    Restaurant Cook - Course HMV0170 (300 hours) – This course includes front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house duties, proper receiving and storage of food, and application of basic nutrition to menus and recipes. Content also includes the study of basic ingredients, and the preparation of fruits and vegetables in stocks, soups, salads and sandwiches, and an introduction to the bakery.
    Chef/Head Cook - Course HMV0171 (300 hours) – This course is a combination of classroom and hands-on instruction in the selection, purchasing and preparation of entrée items including meats, fish and poultry. Students will also examine career and advancement opportunities in professional cooking and baking.
    Food Service Management - Course HMV0126 (300 hours) – This course includes the study of purchasing, use, and maintenance of all food service equipment and tools; applying advanced cooking and baking techniques in the classroom and kitchen; the study of international and ethnic cuisine; and the application of math and food science skills.
    Distance Education: Available - refer to Distance Learning section
    Articulation Agreement(s):
    • St. Petersburg College Hospitality and Tourism, A.S. Degree
    • St. Petersburg College Food and Beverage Management Certificate
    • St. Petersburg College Rooms Division Management Certificate
    • Johnson & Wales University Culinary Arts, A.A. Degree
    • Pinellas County Schools ProStart Programs
    • The Culinary Institute of America


    Industry Certification(s): ServSafe® certification

    Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement:  70%

    Minimum Attendance Requirement:  80%

    Basic Skills Entrance/Exit Requirements:  Student's competency in reading, math and language is pre-assessed, using the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).  Required basic skills grade levels are: Reading-9, Math-9, and Language-9.

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    Program length and costs are approximate, and subject to change.

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