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Did you know that Virginia Western Community College offers quality culinary education that is accredited by The American Culinary Federation Did you know that culinary art skills are in demand around the world? An AAS in culinary arts at Virginia Western Community College prepares you for an exciting culinary career of your choosing.

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Accreditation & Program Credentials

This program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation.

Completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree satisfies the American Culinary Federation eligibility requirements for both Certified Culinarian (CC) and Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC) designations. Visit the American Culinary Federation website for further information.

Graduation Rates (PDF)  |  Employment & Certification Rates (PDF)

Additional Benefits for Culinary Program Students

  • ServSafe Food Manager Certification
  • ServSafe Alcohol Safety Certification
  • ACF membership upon graduation
  • ACF meetings held monthly for interested students

Mandatory Cutlery and Uniform Requirements

  • Two (2) full uniforms, if taking more than one lab (if only taking 1 lab, 1 uniform is sufficient, so long as it is kept clean), consisting of: Chef Jacket with school logo and your name embroidered on it; black & white checkered pants; neckerchief; neckerchief slide; white apron; white baker’s cap; black hard-style non-skid shoes with closed heel and toe (sneakers/tennis shoes/soft cloth shoes will NOT be permitted). Cutlery and uniform purchasing requirements (PDF)
  • In accordance with the Virginia Health Code 12VAC5-421-200 (Prohibition of jewelry) and ACFEF Standard 5.11, there will be no jewelry of any kind (to include medical information jewelry) permitted in the classrooms or labs, with the exception of a plain, metal band.

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Est. Tuition*: $
Credits: 66 Hours
Time: 2 Years

*Estimated cost reflects in-state rate and is subject to change


The cost of attendance is an estimate of the costs a student may have while at Virginia Western.

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 Webber Hall W305
Fax: 540-857-7086

Mailing address:
School of Business, Technology & Trades
3098 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015


James Zeisler, Sr., CEC, CCA, CDM, CFPP
Instructor, Culinary Arts
 Claude Moore Education Complex
109 Henry St NW, Roanoke, VA 24016

A.O.S.: Culinary Arts – Johnson & Wales University, 1992
Certificate: Dietary Management, University of Florida, 1999