Culinary Management

Associate in Science

The Emerald Coast is one of the top tourist beach destinations in the U.S. and tourism is one of the leading industries in Northwest Florida. Northwest Florida State College’s Culinary Arts A.S. Degree Program is designed to support the tourism industry by preparing students for employment in the culinary and restaurant industry.

Students will gain employability skills and knowledge through classroom instruction and culinary lab experience in the following courses Sanitation and Safety; Maintenance and Operation of Equipment; Methods of Preparation and Cooking; Perform Different Types of Food Services; Nutrition; Baking; and Dining Room and Beverage Management. Students will also receive training in communications, leadership and human relations skills.

This program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of elements of the culinary industry. Careers include culinary manager, food and beverage manager, pantry cook, executive chef and many more.

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Seagrass at Northwest Florida State College

Seagrass Restaurant is Northwest Florida State College’s Culinary Management and Hospitality & Tourism Management programs’ fine dining experience.

We offer six multi-course themed menus during the spring. Seating times are 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6 p.m on the following dates:

  • January 30: Floribbean
  • February 13: French
  • February 27: Cajun
  • March 12: Italian
  • April 2: Southwest & Rocky Mountain Region
  • April 23: Foods of the Orient

Seating is available by reservation only and is fully booked for Spring 2020 at this time. For questions regarding future availability, please call (850) 863-6520 or email [email protected]. Seagrass is located on the first floor of Building 400 on the Niceville campus. You can preview the current menu by downloading it from the right sidebar.

Program Details

  • Two-Year Program
  • 60 Total Credit Hours

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Career Outlook*

Food service managers work in restaurants, hotels, school cafeterias, and other establishments where food is prepared and served. They often work evenings, weekends, and holidays. The work can be hectic, and dealing with dissatisfied customers can be stressful.

Employment of food service managers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Those with several years of work experience in food service and a degree in hospitality, restaurant, or food service management will have the best job opportunities.

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*All career data on this page, such as occupation description, career outlook and salary information reflects the national average and was sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.