Culinary Arts
2-year AAS degree

Learn culinary arts in a real-world setting. From day one you will get hands-on training and gain practical experience in management, food preparation and service.

Students assist in the daily operation of The Class Act Restaurant, a full-service restaurant at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. The restaurant features fine dining for hotel and conference center guests, Kirkwood staff and the public. Students assist in planning, preparing and servicing catered events at The Kirkwood Center during their last semester. Students are required to purchase professional uniforms and tools to use when in labs and kitchens.

Field trips to various food service establishments and an optional trip to the industry’s national convention are also included in the course of study. International travel and education opportunities are available for culinary students.

This program is fully accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission. This provides graduates with an opportunity for nationally-recognized certification upon completion of the program.

For a great example of what you can do with a Culinary Arts degree from Kirkwood, check out this story on Culinary graduate Mike Lingo.


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American Culinary Federation This program is accredited by the ACF (American Culinary Federation). For more information, go to

ACFEFAC Exemplary Program Award This program is an Exemplary Program, which symbolizes the highest educational standards recognized by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). The award is presented to programs that have proven full compliance with all ACFEFAC accreditation requirements along with excellent management of the program.

Best Choice Schools Awarded one of the 50 Best Programs by Best Choice Schools to offer quality programs which can help students be successful in the field of culinary arts.


The Class Act Restaurant
Hospitality careers start here! Learning is delicious at The Class Act Restaurant. Located at The Kirkwood Center, The Class Act features breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by our students under the guidance of professional staff.  Our menu changes seasonally, ensuring the freshest quality ingredients and new and exciting choices for our guests.

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
Experience this world-class teaching hotel. Kirkwood Hospitality Arts students work alongside professionals in this one-of-a-kind  laboratory, learning all the tricks of the trade for first-class service.

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Hospitality Arts | The Hotel at Kirkwood Center | 319-848-8770 |