The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Culinary Management program offers chef training (basic and advanced) as well as restaurant management skills. After studying the fundamentals of classical and contemporary cuisine and restaurant procedures, students will develop advanced skills in garde manger and a la carte cooking. Students will have the opportunity to choose between a local or distant externship during their final term in the program. The graduate will have the necessary training to work in a variety of culinary positions such as sous chef, garde manger, kitchen supervisor, and restaurant manager.

Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI) at Southwestern was granted accreditation by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). This accreditation is the highest level available for initial accreditation by the ACF – the premier professional chefs' organization in North America -- focusing its efforts on offering education, apprenticeship and industry certification. With the ACF accreditation, OCCI’s graduates can apply for the title of certified culinarian upon graduation, along with their associate’s degrees. This degree utilizes the same curriculum as the Culinary Arts degree, except that during the final terms the Culinary Management student will take up to an additional 27 academic credits. This will allow the student to transfer into the Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality and Tourism at Southern Oregon University. With this degree, the student will transfer to Southern Oregon University with junior standing for registration purposes.  Those interested in transferring into SOU's Hospitality & Tourism degree program should meet with University Center staff to plan the additional credits needed.

Entry Requirements

For application and fee information, contact OCCI Admissions at 541-888-7195.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 106 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses in this program must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AAS Culinary Management degree is awarded.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
MTH95Intermediate Algebra (or higher; excluding MTH211)4
or MTH98 Math Literacy
WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CRT2000 Introduction Professional Cooking 5
CRT2001 Basic Food Preparation 6
CRT2002 Intro Food and Beverage Industry 1
CRT2015 Sanitation and Safety for Managers 3
CRT2039 Prof Pres for the Culinary Wrkfrc 1 3
CRT2003 Baking and Pastry for Culinary Arts 6
CRT2005 Menu Planning and Design 1
CRT2007 Inventory Control and Purchasing 1
CRT2016 Culinary Nutrition 2 3
CRT2050 Regional and International Cuisine 6
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 4
CRT2012 A La Carte I 6
CRT2013 A La Carte II 6
CRT2017 Restaurant Management Supervision 3
CRT2018 Culinary Arts Career Planning 1
Second Year
CRT2004 Introduction Vineyards and Beverage 2
CRT2006 Restaurant Layout and Design 2
CRT2038 Applied Visual Principles 1
CRT2060 Garde Manger 8
HE250 Personal Health 3
CRT280C1 CWE: Culinary Arts 6
BA211 Principles of Accounting I 4
ECON201 Microeconomics 4
WR122 English Composition 3
CRT280C1 CWE: Culinary Arts 6
ECON202 Macroeconomics 4
MTH243 Intro to Probability and Statistics Statistics 4
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
 Total Credits105

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of safe and effective kitchen equipment use and maintenance.
  • Demonstrate expert-level operation of professional kitchen tools and equipment.
  • Demonstrate knife skills, knife sharpening techniques, handling a steel, and cutting techniques.
  • Understand the basic principles for using seasoning and flavoring to create good tasting food.
  • Obtain ServSafe Certification.
  • Demonstrate food preparation for the following cooking methods - saute, broil, grill, braise, deep and stir fry, and poach.
  • Understand basic principles of baking through formulas and measurement, mixing and gluten development and the baking process.
  • Prepare a variety of pastry products.
  • Become familiar with regional and international cuisine. Develop an appreciation for native products, herbs, and foods.
  • Understand the basic principles of emulsification and all aspects of the elements of cold food pantry.
  • Utilize concept of menu planning, cost control, purchasing, receiving, quality standards, profit, and staffing costs.
  • Describe and apply the principles of nutrition to maximize nutrient retention in food preparation.
  • Demonstrate supervisory skills and abilities utilizing critical-thinking skills.