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Classical Cooking

Career Studies Certificate

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Take your culinary skills to the next level

Learn from expert faculty chefs who combine practical experience and academic perspective in all course work and integrate computer applications in all classes

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Learn more so you can do more and earn more in your culinary career with TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Classical Cooking.

Classical cooking preparations and strong fundamental techniques provide the basis for this curriculum. You’ll learn to slice, dice and chop in a professionally equipped kitchen, but that's just the beginning. Work with expert faculty chefs to learn tips and techniques on preparing vegetables, eggs, starches, soups, stocks, sauces and proteins. 

Students graduate with a mastery of international and American regional cuisines and a strong grasp of basic baking techniques. 

Let us help you define your unique culinary style!

Go further

Apply all the credits from this program toward TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts.

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Classical Cooking consists of 2 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on the Norfolk Campus.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
18 credits x $185.35 per credit = $3,336.30 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.


  • Two chef coats with embroidered name (about $35 each)
  • Chef pants (about $20)
  • Chef hat (toque) (about $5)
  • Non-skid black shoes (between $40 and $90)
  • A starter kit of knives is required. The cost is about $300.

Chef wear and knives can be purchased with financial aid through Barnes & Noble at TCC. 

Where can you go?

Continue your education by applying your credits toward TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts. Find work in food service operations as a line cook or chef.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • enjoy preparing food and are working or plan to work in the food service industry.
  • let your creative juices flow in the kitchen.
  • enjoy working as part of a team.
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Get hands-on training in TCC’s commercial kitchens on the Norfolk Campus

Learn from expert faculty chefs who combine practical experience and academic perspective in all course work

Connect one-on-one with professors who are interested in your success


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