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Culinary Arts


Want to be a part of the Napa Valley-Bay Area renowned food and wine scene? Build extensive culinary skills through successive certificate and degree options or develop the social and management skills required for a career in hospitality management.  Either pathway opens opportunities to enhance your career and create memorable experiences for you and those that visit from around the world.

This fast-paced intensive program follows a curriculum designed to build on itself. Culinary techniques learned in each course are repeated throughout the program to enforce the mastery required to be a successful professional fine-dining chef.
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Did You Know?

  • Four restaurants in the Napa Valley earned Michelin stars in 2021.
  • There are more than 10,000 startups in Food Tech, the sector developing new foodstuffs and reimagining sales, distribution and delivery methods.
  • Demand for managers with a culinary background in California is set to grow 16% through 2028.
  • Napa Valley tourism injects more than $2 billion into local businesses and supports an estimated 16,000 jobs.
  • Advanced culinary students receive hands-on training at the Napa Valley Cooking School at the NVC Upper Valley Campus, which is also home to Food Enthusiast non-credit courses.

Program Highlights

After completion of foundational classes in safety and sanitation and professional kitchen operations, students may immediately earn a Certificate of Achievement for basic culinary skills and select from two tracks of specialized training in the hospitality management or culinary sector.

Completing further coursework within the Culinary Arts pathway leads to the intermediate certificate. Students may then undertake culinary lab classes at the Napa Valley Cooking School, along with an internship earning course credit for work experience, to earn an advanced certificate. Students may opt to add general education classes to receive an AA degree in Culinary Arts.

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Napa Valley is the nation’s epicenter of culinary tourism, and the industry is experiencing continued growth along with its visitors and local services. Globally, the hospitality industry is by far the world's largest employment sector, giving graduates career opportunities around the world.

  • Chef de Cuisine
  • Sous chefs
  • Hotel Managers
  • Restaurant General Managers
  • Food and Beverage Directors
  • Special Events Coordinators
  • Artisan Culinary Operations: Retail & Wholesale
  • Learn more:
    • CareerOneStop – guide to local wage averages & job growth

After NVC

Within the CSU system, both Sacramento State and San Francisco State offer a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management.  For details on these and other options, visit the Transfer Center.