Flourish in your field.
100% of available PTC Culinary Arts associate degree grads are working in the culinary field.* Ready to join them?
How to prepare for your culinary career.
The culinary industry needs professionals who are ready to put their fundamental skills, creativity, and innovation to work for employers who are looking for cooks trained in the basics of food preparation, plate preparation, and kitchen sanitation.
Learn in modern, professional kitchens—and benefit from individualized, hands-on instruction.
Taste the opportunity.
The talented Chefs in AACA’s focused certificate program have the experience and knowledge to equip you with the skills and techniques you’ll need to enter today’s culinary industry.
Develop knife skills.
Prepare small sauces.
Explore classical French, Italian, Spanish, and other international cuisines.
Learn preferred cooking methods.
Master English and metric weights, measures, and conversions.
Grasp the intricacies o fish and shellfish.
Learn fruit, vegetable, and herb varieties.
Examine the muscle and bone structure of meats.
Design and price a menu.
Match wines to food.
Maintain kitchen equipment.
Understand food safety and sanitation.
Write descriptive narratives.
Present creative plates.
Employers of PTC Graduates**
Our Career Services staff will work with you on your job search—just as they’ve helped our associate degree culinary grads who’ve been hired by employers like:
Butcher and The Rye
Common Plea Catering
The Capital Grille
The Certificate, Culinary Arts Program consists of five quarters. For course descriptions, visit our catalog.
Steps to Career Success 1
Basic Knife Skills
Math for Culinary
Baking & Pastry Fundamentals
Introduction to Culinary Arts
Fundamental Concepts of Cooking
Purchasing & Cost Control
Introduction to Fish/Shellfish & Meats
Culinary Hospitality & Supervision
Nutrition & Menu Planning
Steps to Career Success 2
Effective Kitchen Design Principles
Culinary Elements of Wine & Spirits
Fundamentals of Classical Cuisine/Garde Manger
Advanced Intercontinental Cuisine
Advanced Cooking & Pastry
Our Certificate program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation.
You’ll be prepared to sit for certification exams in a number of key areas, including sanitation and food safety, nutrition, hospitality & supervision, and purchasing.
PTC is a member of the American Culinary Federation, Les Amis d’Escoffier Society of Chicago, La Chaine des Rotisseurs, and the Honorable Order of the Golden Toque.
Culinary Arts students participate in cooking contests, networking events, chef demonstrations, and community service projects through the AACA Culinary Club.
Those opportunities include Light Up Night in downtown Pittsburgh and fundraisers for the Zelienople Library, the Bradley House, and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Ride For Kids; students also create a ginger bread house every year for area hospices. You can also participate in several Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Chef competitions and events throughout the year, and Culinary Club competitions during each open house.
Gainful Employment Data
For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program, please click the link(s) below:
The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) requires institutions to publish graduation rates, job placement rates, and entry-level ACF certification by graduation for each of the previous two-years for all ACFEF accredited programs. Click here to view.
*Showcases graduates from 2017 classes. Data includes those who were available for work and were offered and/or received career search assistance from 1/1/2017-4/30/2018. Includes full-time, part-time, or freelance positions. Visit PTCollege.edu/employmentstats to learn more.
**Background check and drug screening may be required prior to employment.
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