Lenoir Community College Offers Culinary Technology Curriculum

Culinary Technology Curriculum trains students to become professionals in a variety of food service settings.

On Monday, May 9, 2011 - 14:46

How about some French pastry to go along with your diploma?

Lenoir Community College offers a Culinary Technology Curriculum that trains students to become professionals in a variety of food service settings.

Those settings can include full-service restaurants, hotels, resorts, private clubs, catering operations, contract food service and health-care facilities.

The Culinary Technology Curriculum has been a part of the academic offerings at LCC for the past 27 years.

Graduates who earn a two-year associate’s degree in Culinary Technology can qualify for entry-level positions such as line cook, station chef or assistant pastry chef. And with experience, most graduates will eventually advance to positions such as sous chef, executive chef or food service manager.

The Culinary Technology program has had a job placement rate of 96 percent for graduates over the past eight years. Program officials estimate that a chef with experience and a degree is expected to earn an average starting pay of $13.50 an hour or $28,500 a year.

Students in the LCC program have the option of earning a culinary technology associate in applied science degree, which requires 72 credit hours, or a culinary technology diploma that is 37 credit hours. A culinary technology skills certificate is also available to students who earn 17 credits.

Course offerings include basic culinary skills, American and international cuisines, baking, nutrition, purchasing, and sanitation and safety. Students also learn about menu design, classical cooking, pastries and confections, and food and beverage service management.

The Culinary Technology Curriculum also offers occasional individual mini courses for the general public.

The school also oversees a local restaurant Culinary Challenge in October, where dining establishments serve their signature dishes at an annual Living the Good Life Expo, sponsored by the Kinston-Lenoir Chamber of Commerce.

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