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Hospitality & Culinary Management

About

About the Program

Are you fascinated by food and cooking? Detail-oriented and able to multi-task? Serious about learning and gaining new skills? Looking for a challenging and creative field?  If you answer yes to these questions, Hospitality and Culinary Management may be a good fit for you.

The Hospitality and Culinary Management program will provide you with technical skills in food production and food operations and prepare you for managerial positions in the hospitality industry. Your career options include a position as a chef, cook, baker, pastry chef, supervisor or manager.

The program offers an Associate in Applied Science degree and several certificate options.

Careers

Career Opportunities

For many aspiring chefs, this is the right time to think about starting a culinary career. The restaurant industry is booming. As the second largest employer, behind only the government, the restaurant industry employs 13.1 million people, in both front-of-the-house and kitchen positions, according to the National Restaurant Association (NRA). And both the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the NRA predict that this number will continue to grow over the next decade.

Learn more about careers in Hospitality and Culinary Management.

Programs

Degrees & Certificates

Degrees

  • Hospitality and Culinary Management Associate in Applied Science
  • Baking and Pastry Associate in Applied Science

Certificate Options

  • Baking and Pastry Assistant
  • Hospitality Manager
  • Hospitality Supervisor
  • Professional Chef
  • Professional Cook
  • Pastry Chef Assistant
Learn more about the program options.

Why Choose CLC?

Why Choose CLC?

You will learn from instructors who have decades of industry experience in restaurants, hotels, country clubs, healthcare facilities and corporate dining service. Among the other reasons to choose CLC’s program are:

  • Our course scheduling gives students options that fit into busy lives.
  • We have had great success in job placement of graduates in Cook and Lake counties.
  • A convenient location—ours is the only culinary/hospitality program in Lake County.
  • An outstanding capstone learning experience—participating in all aspects of running Prairie, our student-managed restaurant.

Prairie Restaurant

Hospitality and Culinary Management students will showcase their skills in CLC's student-managed restaurant, Prairie, by preparing and serving lunch for the CLC community (while enrolled in HCM classes). Students will experience all facets of running a restaurant and prepare menu items that use locally grown and produced ingredients. The CLC community will have the opportunity to taste dishes that are typically served in upscale dining establishments.