Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation, and prepares you with the culinary skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a variety of food–related careers. You will learn from award-winning instructors in the college‚Äôs new state–of–the–art kitchen facilities. Experiences are provided in all aspects of cooking and baking, with a combination of formal classes and extensive lab experiences. Approximately half of each day is spent applying knowledge in the kitchen or bakery, developing and practicing your culinary skills. As a graduate, you will be prepared to earn your personal certification from the ACF and work in a variety of venues, including fine dining restaurants, hotels, clubs, resorts, and bakeries.

Program Overview

Campus: Ottumwa
Entry: Fall Term
Length: 7 terms (21 months)
Program: Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

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Chef Gordon Rader, Program Coordinator
phone: (641) 683-5313 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5313

Connect with the Chef

Cooking with Chef Gordon
Hill's Kitchen (Culinary Arts Students)
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Courtney Terrian: Culinary Arts Graduate

Courtney Terrian

At Indian Hills, I particularly enjoyed the passion of the Culinary Arts instructors —
They really see cooking as an art form! I was instantly hooked when I attended my first course of the program on pastries.

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