Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts program is designed to prepare students for success in the food service and hospitality industry. It provides opportunities to learn the basic skills in product knowledge, food production, service and management while incorporating extensive hands-on instruction and internship opportunities.

The Wine Country Culinary Institute at WWCC operates in a state of the art facility on our main campus, as well as a satellite commercial kitchen at the Center for Enology and Viticulture. Our commitment to Culinary Arts teaching and learning is evident in both our facilities and curriculum. We are a student centered program with an active Culinary Arts Club and opportunities to participate in structured labs, classroom and hands-on learning environments.


Career Opportunities

  • Cook
  • Kitchen Manager
  • Banquet Manager
  • Pastry Chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Chef
  • Executive Chef
  • Food and Beverage Director
  • Independent Restaurant Operator


Mission Statement

Walla Walla Community College Culinary Arts Program is dedicated to providing a well rounded quality professional culinary education, preparing graduates to enter the workforce as a fundamentally trained team member.Our focus is teaching students general knowledge and skills that are necessary to be successful in their chosen path in this profession and to enable them to grow into leadership and management positions if they so choose. We inspire our students to be open to the limitless possibilities of our profession.


Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Applied Sciences Degree in Culinary Arts upon completion of the two-year program of study.


Program Outcomes

  • Prepare students to enter the workforce with the skills and knowledge to make a valuable contribution to their employer in a short amount of time.
  • Encourage, support and provide opportunities for professional life-long learning in the hospitality industry.
  • Provide in-service and skill upgrade opportunities for program graduates and industry personnel to maintain current knowledge of trends in changing industry requirements and technology.
  • Collaborate with industry partners in an ongoing basis. These partners include: farmers, production personnel, distribution personnel, hotels, restaurants, clubs, wineries and service personnel.


Entrance Requirements

In order to start this program, the placement process must be completed through the Testing Center. Visit for more information.


Industry Description

The food service and hospitality industry provide the largest segment of private employers in the country and offers varied career opportunities for those with a passion for cooking. The culinary arts segment of the industry provides opportunities for careers as a cook, chef, restaurant manager, food and beverage director, baker, pastry chef or caterer.


Other Information

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Jay Entrikin

Phone: (509) 524-5164