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Culinary Arts Specialist

IOT Fast Facts

  • Accredited by the American Culinary Federation’s Educational Foundation (ACFEF)
  • Personal uniform and cutlery set are included in the cost of the program
  • Externship in a local industry kitchen

Do you dream of creating delicious and memorable dining experiences for others? IOT wants to partner with your passion for the culinary arts to prepare you for your entry into the food service industry.

Believing in your real-world success

At IOT, you can experience the real-world aspects of the job through a hands-on classroom where you can develop fundamental culinary preparation and presentation skills while also focusing on more specialized areas such as:

  • Garde Manger
  • Contemporary and international cuisine preparation
  • Pastry and baked goods

Your program benefits

IOT designs program schedules with your busy lifestyle in mind. You can take advantage of these benefits:

  • 180-hour externship in an industry kitchen
  • Personal uniform and cutlery set provided in program cost
  • Preparation for ServSafe exams and American Culinary Certification standards for Safety and Sanitation, Supervisory Management, and Nutrition

What can I do?

With IOT’s culinary specialist training, you can pursue a variety of roles in food service and catering, including:

  • Assistant chef
  • Bread and pastry baker
  • Catering specialist
  • Dessert specialist
  • Executive Chef

Learn about the career outlook for a Culinary Arts Specialist!

Where can I work?

Culinary specialists can find employment in a variety of settings. Here is an industry job trend breakdown*:

  • Restaurants and other eateries – 46%
  • Traveler accommodation establishments – 11%
  • Special food services – 10%
  • Amusement and recreation organizations 6%


The American Culinary Federation’s Educational Foundation (ACFEF) has granted CAS programmatic accreditation.

Students who successfully complete the program will be documented as “Graduate,” and as proof of such accomplishment, they will receive an ASSOCIATE OF OCCUPATIONAL STUDIES DEGREE.

Hours of Instruction/Program Length

This program is 680 hours and 39 quarter credit hours. Classes are held Monday through Thursday for 30 weeks. An Independent Study component is included. See your admissions representative for available class times.

Get Started

If you’re searching for the right California culinary school, contact IOT today to request information about our accelerated programs.

Campuses offering the Culinary Arts Specialist program:

Program Performance

ACCSC Graduation Rate: 63%
ACCSC Placement Rate: 81%
Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program and started between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015 are included in this calculation. 0.0% of the graduates, (or 0 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, which have been waived for placement for one of the following reasons: death, incarceration, active military service deployment, the onset of a medical condition that prevents employment, or they were an international student who returned to their country of origin, or they continued their education in an accredited institution of higher education (postsecondary) on at least a half-time basis. These waivers have been included in the calculation in compliance with ACCSC Standards of Accreditation for calculating programmatic placement rates.

BPPE On-time Completion Rate: 27%
BPPE Placement Rate: N/A
Placement Rate Methodology: Because of the change in the Bureau’s reporting regulations, which became effective on July 14, 2016, this institution was not required to collect the data for its 2015 and prior graduates.

Occupational Outcomes: Chef, Head Cook, Cook (SOC Codes 35-1011, 35-2013, 35-2014, 35-2019)

Median Federal Loan Amount: $8,871.00
Median Private Loan Amount: $977.99
Median Institutional Loan Amount: $0.00
Tuition and Fees: $20,025.00 (Books and supplies included)
Credit Hours: 39 quarter credit hours