Culinary Arts

South Sound's only American Culinary Federation-Accredited Culinary Arts degree and certificate program!

Bates Technical College offers South Sound's only American Culinary Federation Accredited Culinary Arts degree and certificate program! If you have a passion for food and have always dreamed of being in the culinary industry, Bates Technical College's culinary arts program is for you. You can earn either an associate of applied science degree or certificate and will receive training from award-winning instructors and obtain the skills and experience to get leading jobs in the fast-paced culinary field.

General Information

Career Advisor: Dan Eberle
253-680-7010 |

Location: Downtown Campus
Hours: 7:30AM - 4:00PM

Program Length: Four - Six Quarters

  • National Median Salary$51,530
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings18,500

This information is base on data from June 2021.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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Note: Information is accurate as of its original posting date. The college reserves the right to edit, change, or update information as needed throughout the year. Up-to-date information is available in Student Services.

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Associate of Applied Science
CIP: 12.0503 EPC: 850  

Students prepare for a variety of careers in the culinary arts profession and for advanced education at other culinary institutions. Career paths include dinner cook, institutional cook, cook’s helper, baker’s helper, fry cook, and short order cook. Students work in all aspects of the dining facilities on campus, planning and preparing meals and catering banquet functions. Instruction includes food planning and preparation, and serving and cleanup. Graduates receive a broad base of skills and are well prepared for a variety of entry-level culinary jobs.  


Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.


  • Roger Knapp

    253.680.7247 | Email

  • Anthony Brooks

    253.680.7247 | Email

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Bates Technical College offers classes on campus, online and hybrid. For Fall Quarter 2021, vaccinations will be required. Learn more about vaccinations and our COVID-19 response on the COVID-19 resource page.