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Kitchen Management

Career Studies Certificate

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The restaurant and the hospitality industry require talented managers with a passion for food and a firm grasp of the business issues faced by food operations.

Learn how to manage a commercial kitchen with TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Kitchen Management. You’ll receive training on sanitation and safety, food and beverage cost control, recipe and menu management and nutrition for food service.

Whether you're new to the industry and hoping to start a career in kitchen management or a working professional hoping to advance your career, this certificate will help you gain essential skills in kitchen operations management. As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to seek employment in a variety of settings, including restaurants, school cafeterias, private enterprises and franchises.

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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 Kitchen Management consists of 2 semesters of study, with classes held mainly on Norfolk Campus.

Estimated Program Cost*:
21 credits x $185.35 per credit = $3,892.35 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.


Additional costs include:

  • 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 any food service operation.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • enjoy working in the kitchen
  • are detail-oriented
  • enjoy working as part of a team
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Get hands-on training in TCC’s commercial kitchens on the Norfolk Campus

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

Just 21 credits! Complete this program in as few as 2 semesters


The experience Nicholas Clark received in TCC's Culinary Arts program helped him become general manager at The Butcher's Son

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TCC is the only public college or university to offer an accredited culinary program in Hampton Roads

Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field pay a median annual salary of $58,136*

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.