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 Management 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 employable 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 sous chef, line cook, culinary manager, baking and pastry cook, personal chef and more.

Seagrass at Northwest Florida State College

We are pleased to announce the opening of Seagrass Restaurant at Northwest Florida State College, for the fall semester. The restaurant is designed to provide our Culinary and Hospitality Management students a hands-on learning environment while also showcasing their talents to the community.

Seagrass Restaurant, located on the Niceville Campus, will serve lunch to the public every Thursday, September 17 – November 19. Seating times will be 11 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.; 12 p.m.; 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. The menu consists of a choice of 13 main dishes and includes a salad, beverage and signature cookie for $15.00. Reservations will be taken beginning Monday, August 31 at 9 a.m. and are required. Due to the overwhelming response from last year’s Seagrass Restaurant opening, we are limiting reservations to two (2) dates to attend per person.  We would like to give more people an opportunity to enjoy the students’ creations.

Reservations open August 31 at 9 a.m. at [email protected] or call 850.863.6520.

Note, reservations sent prior to August 31 at 9 a.m. will not be confirmed.


Program Details

  • Two-Year Program
  • 60 Total Credit Hours

Class Options

Related Certificates


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.

Average or Median Salary

$50,820

*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.