Why Choose Culinary Arts?

Students enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program are preparing for a career in the exciting and expanding foodservice industry. Hands-on experience in all facets of food preparation is provided. Coursework encompasses supervisory and managerial responsibilities such as sanitation, menu planning, management, cost control, purchasing, cooking, baking, and restaurant operations. There is an emphasis on culinary techniques in all lab classes. Coursework is demanding; physically and academically. Classes require stamina, an ability to work under pressure, and exceptional teamwork skills while providing excellent guest service in the campus restaurant, The Student Chef.

Students cut a pie during Culinary Arts Lab class.

What are the degree and certificate options


  • Associate in Science, Baking and Pastry
  • Associate in Arts, Culinary Arts
  • Advanced Associate in Science, Culinary Arts


  • Certificate, Baking and Pastry
  • Certificate, Culinary Arts

For Degree and Certificate requirements, please visit the College Catalog.

Culinary Arts Student Activity

Culinary Arts students are encouraged to join the American Culinary Federation while at San Joaquin Delta College. Participation in this group is an excellent opportunity to meet practicing professionals, explore career paths, and develop leadership skills. The association promotes activities pertaining to conferences, field trips, guest speakers, scholarships, as well as educational and career opportunities.