Skip to Main Content

Technical Diploma

Culinary Production Specialist

Culinary Production Specialist Overview

Start your path to a successful career in the foodservice industry with CVTC’s Culinary Production Specialist program. Work with our industry connected instructors and learn the skills needed to succeed professionally in bakeries, catering services, hotels, health care facilities, and more.

Explore food and beverage preparation, safety, nutrition, marketing, and more to master all aspects of the industry. With hands-on learning experiences in our state-of-the-art kitchen, during class activities, and staffing your own student lead restaurant, you’ll refine your culinary skills and receive high-quality chef training at a fraction of the cost.

After graduation, you will know the culinary vocabulary and have the confidence to operate in various environments. The foodservice industry is the number one retail employer in Wisconsin and throughout the nation, and there is an increasing need for well-trained food service personnel. Your culinary career starts here!

Throughout this one-year program you'll learn about:

  • Food Science Principles
  • Cooking Techniques & Concepts
  • Safety & Sanitation in the Foodservice Industry
  • Beverage Management
  • Food Service Operations
  • Menu Planning
  • 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.

Just the Facts

Culinary Production Specialist
30 Credit Technical Diploma

Program Length
One Year

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









 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $8,280

Program Courses Admission Information I'm Ready to Apply

Career Opportunities

Assistant Chef

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.


Yearly Salary

Culinary Production Specialist professionals make an average starting salary of $30,645.



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


Regional Jobs

There are 441 job openings in the CVTC district for the Culinary Production Specialist industry.

* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from Lightcast which is an economic modeling software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.


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 Production Specialist 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.

Beverage Management
Introduces the management, responsible service, and sales of beverages. The areas of planning, equipping, staffing, product knowledge and purchasing, inventory management, marketing, and legal regulations are included. The Responsible Beverage Server portion fulfills Wisconsin Statutes which requires new applicants/bartenders/operators to complete training before a license is issued.

Advanced Culinary Arts
In the Advanced Culinary Arts course, you will utilize the cooking techniques and concepts you learned in previous courses, as well as, developing new techniques. You will develop skills with meat and fish identification and fabrication and explore international cuisines such as Asian, European, and American Regional Cuisines through regional menus and techniques.

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

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 Management, Associate Degree

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.

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

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)