Culinary Assistant

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Creative Arts, Design & Media
  • Program Code: 31-316-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Culinary Assistant Diploma


You will learn basic theory and techniques of food production and service through a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on experience. The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the food service industry.

Graduates typically are employed as cooks and management trainees. With experience, opportunities exist for advancement to chef and/or manager.

You can earn the Food Service Assistant technical diploma on the way to completing this diploma.

Additional program details: Students will need reading aptitude and basic math problem-solving skills. A high level of physical stamina, an ability to relate to others, and the ability to work rapidly for extended periods of time are important.



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Culinary Arts

This program fuses the art and science of cooking with an introduction to business management. You will learn how to run a food-service operation by participating in the on-campus Cuisine restaurant, International Foods lunch service, and business and industry kitchens.

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Food Service Assistant

Here’s your recipe for learning to prepare and cook a variety of foods that require a short preparation time. This one-semester program focuses on developing skills to begin a career in the food service industry.

Detailed Program Information

2024-25 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
CULART-100 Introduction to Food Service/Hospitality Industry ‡ ^ 1
CULART-116 Mise en Place/Culinary Fundamentals ‡ ^ 2
CULART-117 Nutrition for Culinary Arts ^ 1
CULART-118 Sustainable Food Communities ^ 1
CULMGT-112 Food Service Sanitation ^ 2

Written Communication ‡
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡

Mathematical Reasoning
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
CULART-107 Field Experience in Food Service/Hospitality Industry ‡ 1
CULART-114 Food Advocacy ‡ 4
CULART-103 Culinary Arts Practicum ‡ 2
CULART-122 Stocks, Soups and Sauces ‡ 1
CULART-124 Meat Identification and Fabrications ‡ 1
CULART-126 Seafood/Shellfish Cookery ‡ 1
CULART-128 Vegetables, Starches and Grains ‡ 1
CULMGT-101 Menu Planning and Design 2
CULMGT-105 Culinary Math and Cost Control  3



‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the Food Service Assistant technical diploma.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Events Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Apply principles of safety and sanitation in food service operations
  • Apply basic principles of nutrition
  • Demonstrate basic culinary skills
  • Assist in food service management
  • Plan menus
  • Explore food service financial information

Career Outlook

Graduates of the Culinary Assistant program typically are employed as cooks (saute, banquet, catering, broiler, fry, garde manger/deli) and management trainees. With experience, opportunities exist for advancement to positions of chef and/or manager.

Short-Order Cook
Line Cook
Deli Cook
Food & Beverage Expediter 
Cook/Manager Trainee 
Food Production Line Cook
Food Procurement Assistant
Grill Cook
Salad/Pantry Cook
Culinary Service Ambassador




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Last updated: 03/22/2024