American Academy of Culinary Arts - Programs

The curriculum at American Academy of Culinary Arts has been crafted by an experienced advisory board of culinary, restaurant and hospitality professionals.

At the head of the table.
From neighborhood pizzerias and local diners to high-end restaurants and four-star hotels, opportunities are everywhere for those with the fundamental skills, critical thinking and creativity to pursue them. The median salary for chefs and head cooks here in Pennsylvania is $50,390.* The number of cooks working in professional kitchens across the state is expected to rise to 41,170 by 2024, which is a healthy 16% increase from 2014.* There’s a demand for people with the creativity and skills to keep customers coming back.

In our American Academy of Culinary Arts, you can build the hands-on skills and refine the techniques you’ll need to take advantage of the exciting opportunities that await you.

The goal of our culinary programs is not just to help you understand and prepare for an exciting career within the industry but to challenge you to imagine the landscape of its fertile fields far into the future. At AACA you may select from:

Our programs are designed to help you understand and prepare for a rewarding career within the industry and become a Great American Chef, defining your own deliciously different approach to continental cuisine. For example:

  • In Introduction to Culinary Arts, you will be introduced to and familiarized with professional kitchen equipment as you begin to hone basic cooking skills. In our gleaming new facility, you will receive hands-on training as you practice fundamental cooking techniques, including basic knife skills.
  • In Baking and Pastry Fundamentals, you will study baking terminology, equipment, ingredients, weights and measures and formula conversions. Using this knowledge, you will prepare a variety of baked goods and pastries, including basic breads, pies and tarts, cakes and frostings and much more.
  • In Fundamentals of Classic Cuisine, you will gain an appreciation for the history and global influence of classic French, Italian and Spanish cuisines, amongst others, by studying specific terminology, cooking techniques and presentations associated with them.

* Source: Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

** Statistics based on available 2016 graduates who were offered and/or received career search assistance January 1, 2016-April 30, 2017. Employment includes full-time, part-time, and freelance positions. Visit for more information