Business & Economics Degree Department | Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

Contact Person: Mike Johnson
Office Location: Desert 107-A
Direct Phone: 208-732-6381
Email: mjohnson@csi.edu

The College of Southern Idaho’s Culinary Arts goal is to offer a program that prepares students for a successful career in the rapidly expanding field of Food Service. The program introduces students to the basic philosophies of the food industry and gives a general understanding of Culinary Arts and Food Service. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Program Application Form Applying to this program is a separate application process from applying to the College. You should not declare this program as your major until admitted.

Program Description

College of Southern Idaho’s Culinary Arts goal is to offer a program that prepares students for a successful career in the rapidly expanding field of Food Service. The program introduces students to the basic philosophies of the food industry and gives a general understanding of Culinary Arts and Food Service. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the industry. The educational process takes place in small classes which encourages student participation. Faculty members are recruited on the basis of successful experience as well as teaching excellence.

The course begins with basic introductions and continues into each area of Culinary Arts, including fry-line cooking, sandwich prep, sauces, accounting, food and beverage controls, purchasing, service, sanitation, and much more. Classroom learning is combined with actual application practiced during working lab periods at local restaurants during the school year.

Students must fulfill an internship by securing employment at a hospitality property during the summer between their first and second year. Interesting field trips and guest speakers included in the curriculum give students added perspective and insight into the world of Culinary Arts.

An integral part of success in the Culinary Arts field is communication, computer applications, mathematics, leadership, supervisory and professional development skills. Classes in these areas are required during the program resulting in the Associate of Applied Science Degree.

For costs and tuition information, please see our Tuition and Fees page.

Program Overview

Program length:

The program requires four semesters plus a summer internship between the second and third semesters. The exact length of the program is customized to individual student situations and goals.

Degree and Certificate Options:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Technical Certificate
  • Postsecondary Certificate


Instructional Method/Program Environment:


The Desert Cafeteria is a full restaurant on campus. It is an excellent learning facility where students get hands-on instruction in all phases of cooking, baking, and the operation of a food facility.

Courses will be a combination of general business courses and very specific industry courses designed to acquaint the student with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success in the Culinary Arts area. Instruction consists of lecture, class assignments, and extensive hands-on training the in the Desert Cafeteria.

The major areas of study are Culinary Arts and Food Service. The curriculum for the majority of classes are from the Educational Institute of the American Culinary Federation, American Restaurant Association, Education Institute AH & MA, and the Culinary Institute of America. Each text goes through extensive industry committee review to ensure the most relevant, useful, and up-to-date information possible.


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