Culinary Arts, Basic Certificate



Program Code: 0364

Program Requirements

Required Program Core
330CUL 701Intro To Food Service I3
330CUL 703Food Sanitation & Safety I2
330CUL 705Chef's Training I-Section A4
330CUL 708Chef's Training I-Section B4
Total Hours13


This is an example course sequence for students interested in earning a degree in Culinary Arts. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn a Basic Certificate (BC) in Culinary Arts. It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. 

Student must be eligible for ENGLISH 96 Aligned Reading and Composition and MATH 98 Beginning Algebra with Geometry to begin core curriculum classes.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
330CUL 701 Intro To Food Service I 3
330CUL 703 Food Sanitation & Safety I 2
330CUL 705 Chef's Training I-Section A 4
330CUL 708 Chef's Training I-Section B 4
 Total Hours13

This program is offered through the Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute at Kennedy-King College. 

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.


This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Cooks, Restaurant

Job Description

Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Lightcast earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$29,699
Median 50th Percentile$38,628
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$50,775

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$14
Median 50th Percentile$19
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$24

Annual Job Openings

5123 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less62.94%
A certificate17.56%
Some college11.21%
An Associate degree4.77%
A Bachelor's degree0.87%
A Master's or Professional degree0.00%
A Doctoral degree or more2.65%

3.52% continue their education beyond an associate degree