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The Culinary Management (CLM) program at MCC introduces you to the range of opportunities found in the hospitality field. We prepare you with the necessary skills for starting positions within various settings of the food service industry. Coursework includes introduction to hospitality and safety and sanitation, as well as skills classes in both culinary skills and in baking and pastry. Courses are designed to meet industry standards.

The purpose of the CLM program is to increase the number of individuals trained in specialized food handling and preparation skills to fill a growing number of entry-level positions in the regional food service industry.

Slainte, our student-run restaurant, operates in the Spring semester on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Email reservation requests to slainterestaurant@mchenry.edu. See our new menu!

Sweet Scots bakery, our student-run bakery, operates in the Fall semester only.

Total Cost of Culinary Management AAS

(in-district) Total Amount: $10,465.00

Credit Hours to Complete: 71

Semesters to Complete: 6

Culinary Management Degree Requirements

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What makes MCC's Culinary Management AAS program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

MCC offers two Associate of Applied Science degrees and several related certificates. The program is designed so you can complete your Chef's Assistant I Certificate, Baking and Pastry Assistant I Certificate and/or Assistant Confectioner Certificate as you work toward either your Culinary Management AAS or your Baking and Pastry Management AAS.

Be sure to apply for MCC scholarships to help defray the cost of your education. We have several scholarships especially for culinary students.

In addition to the Culinary Management AAS, we offer:

What you need to know about getting your Culinary Management AAS (CIP 12.0504)

Total Culinary Management AAS Costs
  in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $7,171.00 $24,570.00 $31,269.00 $31,269.00
Additional Culinary Management AAS Costs $3,294.00 $3,294.00 $3,294.00 $3,294.00
Program Total $10,465.00 $27,864.00 $34,563.00 $34,563.00

How do I know this program is right for me?

  • Are you able to maintain a professional level attendance record?
  • Are you able to perform repetitive tasks for an extended amount of time?
  • Are you physically able to work in situations with time limits?
  • Are you mentally able to work in situations with time limits?
  • Are you able to lift up to 50 pound boxes or bags of product?
  • Are you able to efficiently and safely handle and grip a knife?
  • Are you able to read and write clearly and concentrate effectively?
  • Are you able to perform basic math skills without the aid of a calculator?


What job opportunities are available to someone with a Culinary Management AAS?

Line cook, lead cook

Occupations that Culinary Management AAS prepares you for
Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Chefs and Head Cooks 35-1011
Cooks, Private Household 35-2013
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers 35-1012
Food Service Managers 11-9051

How will MCC's Culinary Management AAS program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

  • By completing the Sanitation and Safety course, you are eligible to sit for the State of Illinois Sanitation Certificate examination.
  • Ask about internships!

By the Numbers:

  • Salary Range: $25,000 to $35,000
  • Job Outlook:
    • On average there are more than 800 openings in the culinary field in McHenry County alone
    • Ninety percent of students find jobs in culinary arts within one year of graduation

What have graduates gone on to do?

  • Graduates have gone on to other institutions such as Kendall College to further their culinary arts educations.
  • Some MCC students have received job offers from food service professionals during MCC events!

Outside of the Classroom

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Slainte Restaurant


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Additional information:

Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of FY12 completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

See additional information about international student costs.