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.



Contact Information:

Brandon Held, Career Advisor

Downtown Campus

7:30AM - 4:00PM

Program Affiliations:

More about the program:

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. 

Degrees & Certificates:

  • Associate of Applied Science: Culinary Arts
  • Certificate of Training: Hospitality-Line Cook
  • CIP: 12.0503

Program Lengths:

  • AAS degree program length: 6 Quarters
  • Certificate of Training: 2 Quarters

Faculty and Other Contact Information:

Anthony Brooks


Rob Runn


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.

All students must have a valid Food Handler Card prior to working in the culinary lab and service to customers.


 Currently, no license is required for culinary careers in Washington State. However, all food workers are required to have a valid food worker card per WAC 246-217. Local health departments offer the food worker training, test and card. The Food Handler’s Permit is valid throughout the state.

Students are encouraged to research career goals as more employers are seeking employees with degrees and may also require specific American Culinary Foundation chef certifications and levels of proficiency.

Information regarding employment and training can be researched at the American Culinary Foundation and the Washington State Chefs Association websites.

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.

Resident Tuition and Fees

·         1st quarter $1,627.26 for 13 credits

·         2nd quarter $2,154.64 for 19 credits

·         3rd quarter $1,866. 72 for 16 credits

·         4th quarter $2,026.36 for 18 credits

·         5th quarter $1,946.54 for 17 credits

·         6th quarter $2,282.92 for 20 credits


  • Uniforms are purchased through NEWCHEF. The total uniform costs $98.90 + shipping $14.50. We recommend that uniforms are ordered one month prior to the first day of class. Please see the order sheet, and our code is BATES.
  • Non-slip black shoes: $30-$120. Available at multiple stores.
  • Culinary knife sets: $120. Special pricing with restaurant supply company Bargreen Ellingson in Tacoma, WA.
  • Meat thermometer: $10 – $40. Available at multiple stores.
  • MyLab Culinary E-Text book (OnCooking) and access code: $119. Completed at first day orientation through CANVAS (Instructor guided).
  • ServSafe Manager textbook: $50.50, purchased through
  • National Median Salary: $51,530
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings: 18,500

This information is based on data from O*Net, captured on June 2021.

Professional MembershipsACF logo

Washington State Chef Association and American Culinary Federation

Student memberships are discounted at $50. Students will receive their first certification towards becoming a chef as a Certified Culinarian (CC), with the completion of Bates Technical College’s Culinary Arts program.


Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Bates Culinary Arts program will:

  • Manage tasks in an diverse, ever changing culinary environment;
  • Interpret weights and measurements, execute standard recipe conversions and implement cost controls in a kitchen setting;
  • Demonstrate diversity and organizational skills to adapt quickly in a team environment;
  • Demonstrate and apply food safety and sanitation practices;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to apply all forms of cookery;
  • Employ industry standard guest service skills, professional presentation and communication skills;
  • Apply standards that meet American Culinary Federation Education Foundation requirements in a kitchen environment.

Culinary Arts Job Placement, Graduation, and Certification Rates

Culinary Job Placement Rate65%60%78%
Culinary Graduation Rate70%90%83%
ACF Certification RateNANANA


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Each year, the Culinary Arts Program Advisory Committee engages in a comprehensive review process, evaluating the endorsement of the program’s curriculum through classroom and lab facility assessments and faculty competency reviews. The committee then determines whether to validate the program.

Learn more about this program's Advisory Committee.

No forms have been provided.