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Ashley Taylor, Program Coordinator
The Press Building, Office 106C
(409) 681-4311

Sheila Guillot, Department Chair 
Umphrey Industrial Technology Center, Office 201B
(409) 984-6381

The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Programs provide students with the knowledge and skills to work in culinary and hospitality worksites. A strong curriculum, designed by professional chefs and hospitality professionals, has created a pathway to a wide range of culinary and hospitality careers.

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of food safety and sanitation as well as supervision theory. In the lab classes, students will learn fundamental cooking and baking techniques as well as advanced cooking skills. Students will also learn advanced food service management theory, including food and labor cost controls.

Students are required to complete an external learning experience through a culinary practicum in which the student must obtain food preparation employment and work at least 20 hours per week during that semester.

Graduates of this program will be qualified to work in restaurants and hotels as cooks, servers, chefs, and managers. Graduates can also work as a restaurant owner, caterer, personal chef, food stylist, or restaurant critic. Working in resorts and cruise ships are also options.

A new state-of-the-art facility in downtown Port Arthur will open in the Fall 2021 Semester and provide the best possible educational experience for our Culinary Arts and Hospitality students.

* Students must complete a Texas State-recognized Food Handler Certification by the end of the first semester. The approximate cost of the Texas Food Handler's Certification is $10. A list of accredited online Food Handler training programs can be found at

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