Contact Information
Chairperson: Mary-Pat Maciolek
Dept. Assistant: Elice Brewer
Phone: 732.906.2538
Fax: 732.906.7745
Email: MMaciolek@middlesexcc.edu
Location: College Center 180
Hospitality, Culinary Arts & Dietetics
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 Contact Information
Chairperson: Mary-Pat Maciolek
Dept. Assistant: Elice Brewer
Phone: 732.906.2538
Fax: 732.906.7745
Email: MMaciolek@middlesexcc.edu
Location: College Center 180

Culinary Arts Certificate

The Culinary Arts Certificate is designed for individuals who have completed a degree in another discipline and are currently working in the hospitality field. The Certificate is designed for individuals who do not have a post-secondary education and are interested in the hospitality field or individuals who have several years of experience in the hospitality field and need to acquire academic credentials for promotional opportunities. Students take classes such as cooking and baking fundamentals, foodservice sanitation, food purchasing, quantity food production, and garde manger. Student also participate in a 180-hour externship under the direction of qualified chefs and/or foodservice managers. All of the culinary courses in the Certificate program may be applied to meet the requirements for the Culinary Arts or the Hospitality Management AAS degree.

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Contact Information

Contact Name: Dr. Mary-Pat Maciolek, department chair
Contact Phone: 732.906.2538
Contact Email: MMaciolek@middlesexcc.edu 
Department Web: https://www.middlesexcc.edu/hospitality-culinary-arts-dietetics/

Frequently Asked Questions

Can students who major in Hospitality and Culinary Arts transfer to a four-year college?

Articulation agreements with public and private institutions offer students who earn the A.A.S. degree the opportunity to transfer most of their coursework to the four-year institution. Students in specialized programs, or who earn an A.A.S. degree should discuss the transfer process with an advisor. Many colleges and universities with hotel and restaurant management programs, including Fairleigh Dickinson University, NYU, Montclair State University, Stockton University and Widener University, The Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales, as well as other schools, will apply the courses taken toward a bachelor’s degree.

What do students learn if they study Hospitality and Culinary Arts?

They receive training in restaurant and food service management, hospitality management or culinary arts. Those with limited related industry experience are encouraged to enroll in a cooperative work experience seminar that includes paid employment in the final semester. In culinary arts additional training is provided in a culinary externship.

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?

Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Algebra I competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or by completion of the appropriate course.

How long will it take to complete these programs?

Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions. Certificates may be completed in approximately 14 months and the certificate of achievement in approximately 2 semesters.

Can students who take the Culinary Certificate Program also work toward the A.A.S. degree in Culinary Arts or Hospitality Management?

Yes. All of the culinary courses in the certificate program may be applied to meet the requirements for the A.A.S. degree in the Culinary Arts degree or the Hospitality Management degree.

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