• Culinary Arts

    Real-world education doesn’t get any more real than M State’s Culinary Arts program, where students put their learning to work daily as they create the menus and prepare the breads, salads, soups, sandwiches, entrees and desserts served in the Moorhead campus cafeteria.

Culinary Arts

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Culinary Arts

If you have a passion for cooking and a willingness to learn, M State's Culinary Arts diploma program offers an excellent and unique foundation for your career in the food service industry. Our 31-credit program provides the practical hands-on training and traditional academic culinary courses that prepare you for success.


Qualify for a $500 scholarship by enrolling in Culinary Arts for fall

M State is making available 15 $500 scholarships for students who enroll in the Culinary Arts program for the Fall 2018 Semester.

Students must apply and be accepted to M State and register for fall semester classes by July 15 to be eligible. For more information, contact our Support Center at 877.450.3322 or info@minnesota.edu.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Cooking techniques, terminology and foodproducts used in the food service industry
  • Proper techniques for measuring and weighing
  • Safe, efficient use and operation of food service tools and equipment
  • Calculation of recipe conversions and food cost
  • Identification of grading and quality standards as they pertain to meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, canned/frozen products and produce
  • Leadership skills in supervising kitchen personnel
  • Proper menu planning/merchandising and purchasing techniques
  • Efficiency in all production areas of the kitchen
  • Safety and sanitation standards


Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Hands-on instruction in a working kitchen
  • Small class sizes with personalized instruction
  • Scholarships available
  • High demand for Culinary Arts graduates in a growing metropolitan area
  • Instructors have valuable food industry experience
  • Opportunity to participate in annual community fundraisers, television appearances and service learning projects
  • Industry partnerships ensure students are learning skills needed on the job


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Fundamentals of Culinary Arts Diploma
Locations: Moorhead

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Meet the faculty

Granville Wood

Culinary Arts faculty
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Food fight! Students show off skills in friendly competition

Nov. 16, 2016

The Moorhead campus cafeteria was the scene of "food truck wars" when about two dozen Culinary Arts students divided into three teams and competed for the honor of best buffet. The students - all enrolled in the program's buffet lab - chose their own food theme, decorated their "trucks" and prepared the food. For the standard cafeteria buffet cost of $6.99, diners got a generous sampling at the Dawg House with house-made jumbo hot dogs, a sushi-themed spread (No More Mr. Rice Guy) and the Rollin' on the River Food Truck, which rolled to victory as the diners' favorite with Cajun-style shrimp and grits fritters.


Required Culinary Arts courses

  • Introduction to Foodservice Preparation
  • Soups, Stocks and Sauces
  • Salad and Baking Lab
  • Poultry and Seafood
  • Fry and Broiler Lab
  • Kitchen Math and Formulas
  • Sanitation Certification
  • Menu Planning and Merchandising
  • Meats
  • Breakfast Preparation Lab
  • Buffet and Garde Manger Lab
  • Quantity Food Preparation and Butcher Lab
  • Production and Planning Supervision Lab
  • Food Cost Control

Last modified: December 9th, 2016 at 09:48am