Culinary Arts AAS

Explore your creativity and find the pathway for your exciting career in culinary arts. With a degree in culinary arts, you will discover worldwide opportunities that will make your dreams come true.

Are you passionate about food? Do you enjoy making people smile when they eat your dish? Make your dreams a reality and enroll at the Culinary Arts Institute today. This degree program will provide you a comprehensive training in all aspects of culinary arts. You will be taught by expert chefs with many years of experience and talent who will show you the fundamental techniques you need to succeed in the industry.

Enjoy small and affordable classes that are local and easily accessible, where you will experience one-on-one, hands-on instruction. Take advantage of the largest and most modern instructional kitchens in NJ to help you reach your dreams. Start working on your career today!

Culinary Arts Institute Handbook
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Our students come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. What unites all of them is their passion for food and service. See what they had to say…

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My name is Darien Rodriguez and I graduated from HCCC's Culinary Arts program in December of 2013. Hudson County Community College’s Culinary Arts program gave me the foundation to pursue my dreams of working in a hotel. They also introduced me and allowed me to learn from some of the most intelligent and finest chefs, professors and advisors in the country. Under their divine tutelage, I discovered just how passionate I am about cooking as well, which I do as often as I can in my spare time. Both HCCC and FDU have been beneficial and have allowed me to advance in my career.
Darien Rodriguez
2013 AAS Culinary Arts Graduate, 2016 BS Fairleigh Dickinson University

Darien took his HCCC experiences straight to his career!

American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) LogoThe American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) ( has accredited the following HCCC programs through June 30, 2024: AAS Culinary Arts, Certificate - Culinary Arts, AAS Culinary Arts-Baking and Pastry Option, Certificate - Baking and Pastry Arts. The AAS Culinary Arts and Certificate - Culinary Arts have been accredited continuously since 06/30/1997.


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This degree program provides comprehensive two-year training in culinary arts, preparing students for entry-level restaurant and food service positions as chefs, station chefs, sous-chefs, bakers, and restaurant managers. Required courses introduce students to all facets of food service operations, including food preparation, nutrition, purchasing procedures, menu planning, equipment, and table service. The 600-hour externship trains students in fine restaurants and hotels. HCCC's Culinary Arts Institute, opened in 2005, is equipped with an elegant dining room, modern instructional kitchens, and classrooms.


Why we are your 1st and only choice for Culinary Arts.

With over 10 labs, we are the largest and most modern culinary program in the State of New Jersey.

  Fall 2021 - Spring 2022 Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 Fall 2023 only
Enrollment* 318 314 199
Students who Graduated within 150% of the time 43 27 18
Graduation Rate 28% 12% 9%
Foodservice Employment Rate of Graduates (within 6 months) 100% 90% 85%
Number of Students Earning ACF Certification 0 0 0
* Figures include students within the following ACFEF-accredited credentials:
AAS Culinary Arts
AAS Culinary Arts - Baking and Pastry Option
Certificate - Culinary Arts
Certificate - Baking and Pastry Option
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Out of the Box - Culinary Arts Institute

April 2022
This month Dr. Reber is joined by Dr. Ara Karakashian, Associate Dean, Business, Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management, and Paula Pereira Hartmann, HCCC Alumna (Class of 2020), Owner of Peanut Butter Jelly Pastries.

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We look forward to helping you achieve your goals. Use one of the links below to start your journey at HCCC!

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Contact Information

Marissa P. Lontoc
Instructor and Coordinator, Culinary Arts Programs

161 Newkirk Street - Room 204A
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4643

School of Business, Culinary Arts, and Hospitality Management
161 Newkirk Street
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4630