Culinary Arts

Program Overview

Atlanta Technical College offers an award winning Culinary Arts program that prepares aspiring chefs and foods service professionals for the culinary profession. Why not study in a city with a reputation of impeccable southern charm, fine dining and world-class sophistication? The Culinary Arts program consists of a sequence of courses that emphasizes a combination of culinary theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Atlanta is home to the world's busiest airport and provides a rich and eclectic blend of foodservice/hospitality businesses in which to pursue a vibrant career. Gain hands on experience while studying in Atlanta, a city that has hosted over 45 million tourists annually, has been named by the New York Times as one of the top "52 Places to Go in 2014." Atlanta Technical College also offers opportunities to train or upgrade present knowledge or skills.  Graduates of this program receive an Associates of Applied Science. Students will be prepared to pursue diverse opportunities in the culinary field as cooks, bakers, or caterers or food-service managers both here or around the world.

Entrance Requirements

Admissions Requirements
  • Must be 16 years of age
  • Completion of high school or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math
  • Transfer of previous post secondary credits will be determined by the registrar
  • Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate

 

Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Curriculum (52 hours)
Basic Skills Courses (8 hours)
3
45
Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.
Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today\'s rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.
Technical Courses (44 hours)
3
75
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.
Provides an overview of the professionalism in culinary arts, culinary career opportunities, Chef history, pride, and espirit d corp. Introduces principles and practices necessary to food, supply, and equipment selection, procurement, receiving, storage, and distribution. Topics include: cuisine, food service organizations, career opportunities, food service styles, basic culinary management techniques, professionalism, culinary work ethics, quality factors, food tests, pricing procedures, cost determination and control, selection, procurement, receiving, storage, and distribution. Laboratory demonstration and student experimentation parallel class work.
Emphasizes fundamental kitchen and dining room safety, sanitation, maintenance, and operation procedures. Topics include: cleaning standards, O.S.H.A. M.S.D.S. guidelines, sanitary procedures following SERV-SAFE guidelines, HACCAP, safety practices, basic kitchen first aid, operation of equipment, cleaning and maintenance of equipment, dishwashing, and pot and pan cleaning. Laboratory practice parallels class work.
6
105
This course introduces fundamental food preparation terms, concepts, and methods. Course content reflects American Culinary Federation Educational Institute apprenticeship training objectives. Topics include: weights and measures, conversions, basic cooking principles, methods of food preparation, recipe utilization, and nutrition. Laboratory demonstrations and student experimentation parallel class work.
Introduces the fundamentals of dining and beverage service and experience in preparation of a wide variety of quantity foods. Course content reflect American Culinary Federation Education Institute apprenticeship training objectives. Topics include: dining service/guest service, dining service positions and functions, international dining services, restaurant business laws, preparation and setup, table side service, and beverage service and setup, kitchen operational procedures, equipment use, banquet planning, recipe conversion, food decorating, safety and sanitation, and production of quantity food. Laboratory practice parallels class work.
CUUL
1220
5
105
Baking Principles presents the fundamental terms, concepts, and methods involved in preparation of yeast and quick breads and baked products. Emphasis is placed on conformance of sanitation and hygienic work habits with health laws. Course content reflects American Culinary Federation Educational Institute cook and pastry apprenticeship training objectives, along with Retail Bakery Association training program. Topics include: baking principles; Science and use of baking ingredients for breads, desserts, cakes, pastries; weights, measures, and conversions; preparation of baked goods, baking sanitation and hygiene, baking supplies and equipment. Laboratory demonstrations and student experimentation parallel class work.
CUUL
1320
4
135
Introduces basic pantry manger principles, utilization, preparation, and integration into other kitchen operations. Course content reflects American Culinary Federation Educational Institute apprenticeship pantry, garnishing, and presentation training objectives. Topics include: pantry functions; garnishes, carving, and decorating; buffet presentation; cold preparations; hot/cold sandwiches; salads, dressings and relishes; breakfast preparation; hot/cold hors d'oeuvres; chaudfroids, gelees, and molds; and pats and terrines. Laboratory practice parallels class work.
This course emphasizes menu planning for all types of facilities, services, and special diets. Topics include: menu selection, menu development and pricing, nutrition, special diets, cooking nutritional foods, and organics. Laboratory demonstrations and student management and supervision parallel class work.
4
135
This course emphasizes all modern cuisine and introduces management concepts necessary to the functioning of a commercial kitchen. Topics include: international cuisine, cuisine trends, kitchen organization, kitchen management, kitchen supervision, competition entry, nutrition, menu selection, layout and design, and on/off premise catering. Laboratory demonstration and student experimentation parallel class work.
MGMT
1115
3
45
This course familiarizes the student with the principles and techniques of sound leadership practices. Topics include: Characteristics of Effective Leadership Styles, History of Leadership, Leadership Models, The Relationship of Power and Leadership, Team Leadership, The Role of Leadership in Effecting Change.
Select One Of The Following (6 hours)
This course familiarizes the student with the principles and methods of sound leadership and decision making in the hospitality industry and provides the student with the opportunity to gain management/supervision experience in an actual job setting. Students will be placed in an appropriate restaurant, catering, or other food service business for four days per week throughout the quarter. On-the-job training topics include: restaurant management/on-off premise catering/food service business, supervisory training, and management training, on-off premise catering, hotel kitchen organization, kitchen management, restaurant kitchen systems, institutional food systems, kitchen departmental responsibilities, and kitchen productivity. Topics include: basic leadership principles and how to use them to solicit cooperation, use of leadership to develop the best possible senior-subordinate relationships, the various decision making processes, the ability to make sound and timely decisions, leadership within the framework of the major functions of management, and delegation of authority and responsibility in the hospitality industry.
This course introduces international cuisine and acquisition of advanced cookery techniques. Course content reflects American Culinary Federation Educational Institute cook apprenticeship training objectives and provides background for those aspiring to become chefs. Topics include: international cuisine, advanced grill cookery, advanced vegetable cookery, advanced meat cookery, advanced line cookery, advanced fry cookery and nutrition. Laboratory practice parallels class work. ***Provides in-depth experience in preparing many types of baked goods commonly found in restaurants and hotels. Course content reflects American Culinary Federation and Retail Bakery Association training objectives and provides background for those aspiring to become pastry chefs or bakery supervisors. Topics include: breads, pies, cakes, pastry dough, puff pastry, icing, filling, and candy. Laboratory practice parallels class work.