Train for a Promising Career in the Culinary Industry!

Start your journey in the culinary industry! Learn state-of-the-art baking and cooking skills to successfully join the culinary workforce with an Associate degree in Culinary Arts.

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Annual Median Salary

For Chefs and Head Cooks in the culinary industry.


New Jobs

Projected for Chefs, Cooks, and similar professions in the culinary field by 2030.


Job Growth

Projected for occupations like Chefs, Cooks, and similar culinary roles by 2030.

Executive Chef

Food Service Manager, and Head Cooks

Are a few of the popular job titles achieved in the culinary industry.

  • As per BLS, the annual median salary is$50,160 for Chefs, Cooks, and similar job roles.
  • BLS predicts a 25% growth in job vacancies for Chefs, Cooks, and similar occupations in the next decade.
  • As per BLS, there will be 138,700+ new jobs for Chefs, Cooks, and similar professions between 2020-30.

Begin a Rewarding Career with an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts!

Begin a career in the culinary field with an industry-driven, Blue Ridge CTC Associate degree. Our programs are designed to:

  • Standout among the crowd with distinguished skills for direct entry into the culinary workforce.
  • Build a solid foundation for a pathway to a variety of niches within the culinary community.
  • Learn modern and real-time skills that translate across culinary professions.
  • Become capable of supervisory job roles within the culinary workforce or start your own business.

Earn an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts - Select Your Major!

When students pursue an Associate degree in the Culinary Arts field at Blue Ridge CTC they experience real-time, industry-focused instruction, are exposed to modern business use cases, and have elective options to design their degree in their own way.

Embark on a Journey of Endless Culinary Career Options!

Apart from academics, Blue Ridge CTC helps match students with the best career choices by providing dedicated job search and placement assistance. With an associate degree in Culinary professions, students pave their way to career options including:

  • Chef
  • Head Chef
  • Cook
  • Food Service Manager
  • Chocolatier
  • Pastry Sous Chef
  • And more!

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Why Choose Blue Ridge CTC?

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College provides access to a range of affordable, flexible 2-year Associate degrees in the Culinary field. We offer high-quality instruction and career assistance that meets every career goal!

Have Questions? Talk With an Admissions Counselor Today!

Admissions Counselors and Academic Advisors at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College help students navigate career paths throughout their academic career.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have doubts about pursuing a Blue Ridge CTC Associate Program in Culinary Arts? We can help!

Blue Ridge CTC associate degree in Culinary Arts costs less than a bachelor’s degree and takes about 2 years to complete. Blue Ridge CTC is the premier culinary college, providing students the hands-on training needed to enter the workforce.
Our course requires 60 credit hours, which takes approximately two years enrolled full-time to complete.

Blue Ridge CTC offers four associate degrees in culinary arts:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Baking and Pastry
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Catering and Hospitality Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
  • Associate of Applied Science in Food Service Retail Management
Admission requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent and a complete application packet. Students who have earned credits at other Colleges or Universities must also provide official copies of those transcripts. There is also a $25 application fee that can be paid at any time once an application is submitted.


Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.

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