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Work in Culinary Management

Apply now as the application deadline has been extended to Sept. 18, 2023 for a Fall Term 2023 program start in October, the final cohort opportunity for EFSC's culinary program. EFSC will be closing this program and will no longer accept new students into the Culinary Management A.S. Degree effective January 2024. A teach-out schedule of the 13 major courses will be offered between Jan. 2024 and Dec. 2024. Both existing and new students who start in Fall 2023 should plan accordingly to ensure the major culinary courses are completed within the 2024 calendar year. General education courses required for the degree will continue to be offered on each campus and online.

Culinary students in kitchen

Cooks and chefs plan menus and prepare food for restaurants, cafeterias, lunchrooms, hotels and other places that serve food. Their specific duties vary depending on the type and size of the establishment for which they work. Whether working in an elegant French restaurant or an elementary school, cooks must take pride in their work and aim to please their customers.

Most kitchens are air-conditioned, have convenient work areas and modern equipment and are well organized. Despite these conveniences, cooks and chefs require stamina and physical strength. They work near hot ovens, grills and ranges in a very noisy and chaotic environment. Cooks stand most of the time, and they must have the strength to lift heavy pots and kettles. Cooks and chefs typically work 40 to 48 hours per week, including nights, weekends and holidays.

Applied mathematics skills are needed in this field. Chefs must work with budgets, order food, supplies and equipment, and convert recipes, plus manage food costs.

Cooks and chefs must be able to work under pressure during rush hours. They should enjoy working as part of a team and be able to organize and direct the kitchen staff effectively. Head cooks and chefs work with little or no supervision; other kitchen helpers work under their direction.

Know Your Field

Career Options: 
•Prep Cook

Head Cook*
Restaurant Manager

Catering/Banquet Manager
Food Broker
Food & Catering Sales
Equipment Sales
Hotel, Resort & Cruise Management

Sous Chef

*Indicates Occupations on Brevard
County's Regional Targeted Occupations List (TOL)