Food Service Assistant

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Creative Arts, Design & Media
  • Program Code: 30-316-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Food Service Assistant Diploma


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.

Graduates will have entry-level skills for taking orders and serving patrons, and performing a variety of food preparation duties.

You can apply your credits toward completing the Culinary Assistant technical diploma or Culinary Arts associate degree.

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Culinary Assistant

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.

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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.

Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

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

( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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

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2020-2021 Program Card

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Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to clean food-preparation areas, cooking surfaces and utensils according to industry standards
  • Differentiate proper handling of prepared-to-order food compared to food that is kept warm until sold
  • Assist cooks and kitchen staff with various tasks as needed
  • Cut, slice or grind meat, poultry and seafood to prepare for cooking

Career Outlook

Graduates gain entry-level skills to be employed as a prep cook, short order cook or fast food cook at restaurants, catering services, hotels, healthcare facilities and schools. On the job, food service assistants may take orders and serve patrons, and also perform a variety of food preparation duties other than cooking.

With experience and completion of the Culinary Assistant technical diploma and Culinary Arts associate degree, opportunities exist for advancement to the positions of sauté cook, banquet cook, catering cook, broiler cook, fry cook and garde manger cook.

Fast-Food Cook
Prep Cook
Short-Order Cook


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Creative Arts, Design & Media Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, C Building, Room C210
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 08/31/2020