Certificates and Degrees
This degree features courses that build on the foundations of basic baking and continue to the most advanced pastry techniques. Students work in a fully equipped commercial bake shop and learn from highly skilled instructors.
If you have a passion for food, the Culinary Arts program is both exciting and challenging. Classes are taught in a state-of-the-art kitchen, facilities.
Blending food science, food technology and the culinary arts, Culinology is an emerging discipline that prepares students for work in the research and development sector of the food industry.
Start your career in the hospitality industry and work in restaurants, hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, time shares, condos, retirement communities, convention and visitor bureaus, destination marketing organizations, and event planning companies.
Culinary, Hospitality Management Tourism
Students are flourishing at the College of DuPage Culinary Hospitality Center. The 60,000 square foot LEED certified facility is home to our acclaimed Hospitality Program as well as our ACF accredited Culinary and Pastry Programs. The building houses a boutique hotel, two restaurants, a retail outlet for student made product and state of the art instructional kitchens. The restaurants and hotel raise the “living laboratory” concept to a whole new level. COD culinary students work and learn at both restaurants, acquiring real-life training alongside talented faculty members and top-notch chefs.
The kitchens and bake shops have all the ingredients and equipment to give students the best culinary training in the Midwest. All students begin in our state of the art Skills Kitchen, featuring individual cooking suites, and then advance to the Wheat Café casual dining kitchen and complete their training in the Waterleaf fine dining kitchen.
The Culinary Hospitality Program currently offers Associates degrees in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, Culinology, Meeting and Event Planning, Hospitality Management and Restaurant Management. Certificate programs are also available in the Culinary, Hospitality, and Travel fields. See the links above for more information.
Gainful Employment Information
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Laura Lerdal. Culinary Market and Lab Coordinator
Anna Gay. Program Support Specialist
Tim Meyers. Co-Coordinator, Culinary and Baking
David Kramer, Co-Coordinator, Culinary and Baking
Santino Cardoso Culinary and Hospitality Management
If you have what it takes to radiate hospitality, be innovative and work in an upbeat environment, this is the field to look into. And there’s no better place to start than in a LEED-certified building with state-of-the art equipment and appliances. Choosing COD as an option for either completing an associate’s degree or going through the 3+1 program is unrivaled by other institutions.”
Rachel Dau Culinary and Hospitality Management
“I fell in love with the school. The chefs, instructors and fellow classmates have helped to shape who I am now, and I would not trade that for anything. Making people happy through food and knowing that I was able to help make their big day a little more special is incredibly rewarding.”
Roy Beaumont Culinary and Hospitality Management
“College of DuPage was like a bees nest in terms of activity. There were many areas where you could become engaged, and I took advantage of that.”
Christine Petersen Culinary and Hospitality Management
“COD was the best financial choice but offered completely transferable credits for my bachelor’s degree with a great foundation for the hospitality industry and culinary arts.”
Randy Jeffay Culinary and Hospitality Management
“In the Classical Cuisine course, we’d be working with tenderloins, lobster tails, ducks, wonderful cuts of fish. These were opportunities to do some real quality learning with quality results.”
Jamie Fredericks Culinary and Hospitality Management
“Mary Beth Leone was always an inspiration to me when I was a student. She gave me a sense of the hotel career that would best suit me.”
3+1 Degree Programs
College of DuPage has partnered with prominent universities to offer high-caliber degree programs at a greatly reduced cost.