Skip to Main Content

Associate Degree

Culinary Management

Watch Video  

Culinary Management Overview

The food service industry is one of the area’s leading employers and CVTC is answering demand for these careers with a new two-year Culinary Management associate degree. Careers in the culinary industry are challenging and varied, with many opportunities for advancement. CVTC’s Culinary Management program will prepare you for a career as a line cook, sous chef, restaurant manager, food service manager, or baker.

The Culinary Management associate degree will prepare learners to implement theory and management skill sets towards professional food preparation and service standards in an ever-demanding marketplace. Students will learn basic and advanced culinary technique, menu planning, beverage management, restaurant operations, nutrition, purchasing, cost control, and food service supervision. A required internship will allow the practice of these skill demonstrations in an off-campus hospitality environment. Graduates have a number of exceptional employment opportunities locally or wherever their careers may take them.

CVTC’s new, modern, state-of-the-art kitchen and dining area provides the hands-on training you need to succeed in the restaurant industry. Upon completion of the program, you will earn the National Restaurant Association Applied Food Service Sanitation and the Responsible Beverage certificate, allowing you to become a Wisconsin Certified Food Manager and a licensed bartender. Employment opportunities are endless and advancement is excellent! You will have a number of employment opportunities in food preparation and culinary management including full-service restaurants, hotels, hospitals, educational facilities, catering, and delis.

Throughout this two-year program you’ll learn about:

  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Culinary Arts
  • Customer Service
  • Food & Beverage Operations
  • Management
  • Menu Planning
  • Nutrition
  • Sanitation & Safety
  • Teamwork

620 West Restaurant


Come check out the restaurant!

  Join us for unique culinary experiences each week! Students in the CVTC Culinary Management program create themed menus that give your palette the opportunity to travel the world through food. Our pop-up menus change throughout the semester, so check back often for the latest offering. Learn more.

Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning.

Explore This Program

Just the Facts

Culinary Management
60 Credit Associate Degree

Program Length
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Months
August, January


Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Learn more about the cost of attendance.

Term 1



Term 2



Term 3



Term 4









License, Certificate, or Credential



 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $14,356

Program Courses Admission Information I'm Ready to Apply

Career Opportunities



Director of Catering

Line Cook

Sous Chef

Graduate Employers

Augusta Bakery

Disney World

Eau Claire Golf & Country Club

The Florian Gardens Conference Center

KP Catering

Nelson Cheese

Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

// Program Scorecard

Yearly Salary

Our recent Culinary Management graduates reported an average starting salary of $40,676.



100% of our recent Culinary Management graduates got a job in the industry.


Regional Jobs

There are 757 job openings in the CVTC district for the Culinary Management industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

View Transfer Options

Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Culinary Management program.

Sample Courses

Food Theory
Food science principles applied to professional culinary food preparation. Units include professional kitchen operation, recipe terminology, and cooking techniques for various food categories.

Restaurant Operations (Back of House)
This course will build upon the skills and knowledge you have developed during your first year in the Culinary Program. Throughout this course you will apply advanced culinary techniques in the operation of a restaurant open to the public as well as developing new skills and understanding in banquets and catering, restaurant concept design, kitchen management, and human resource management. During this course your class will have the opportunity to develop a restaurant concept to be implemented in the next semester.

Culinary Arts Internship
The Culinary Arts Internship will immerse you into the culinary industry and allow you to continue to develop and hone your skills at an approved internship site. While on your internship you will work with a site mentor who will provide performance feedback and assist you with meeting your educational goals. During your internship you will create and maintain a portfolio of your experience.

View Full Course List

Request More Information

Please provide your contact information and an Admissions Advisor will get back to you ASAP with more information about this program.

Indicates required field

We will never share or sell your information outside of CVTC. We may, on occasion, contact you regarding relevant services, events, and materials. You may opt out at any time. View our privacy policy to understand how we collect and use your information.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways  What is a career pathway?

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

Associate Degree

Culinary Management

Your future is waiting…Are you ready to get started?

Apply Now

I enjoyed my time at CVTC immensely! The hands-on learning atmosphere allowed me to experience a typical day in my area of study. The staff was amazing, the materials were helpful, and there was no wasted time. Every minute was education-focused, and I learned so much! Thank you!


Culinary Management Graduate

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Baking & Pastry Specialist, Technical Diploma

Culinary Production Specialist, Technical Diploma

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

// Explore Continuing Ed Opportunities

  Unsure of which program you'd like to go into? Learn more about our Career Assessment to help narrow down your options.

A Program You Can Trust

Program Accreditation


This program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF).

Our 2022 program graduation rate was 32% and the ACF Certification Rate was 9%.

View ACF Accreditation Student Outcomes.

Additional Admissions Resources

Admission Requirements

Each program requires specific requirements a student must meet to be considered for admissions to this program.

// View Admission Requirements

Advanced Placement

This program has an advanced placement option. Eligibility for advanced placement requires students to meet additional requirements.

// View AP Admission Requirements

Advising Tips

We have compiled helpful tips and general information for students in this program.

// View Advising Tips

Join Us To

Experience CVTC for Yourself

Explore CampusAttend an EventSchedule a Visit
I'm a(n)