Culinary Program LogoCulinary Arts: Introduction to Foodservice

Want to work in an entry level job like prep, line, or production cook? The Introduction to Food Service Career Studies Certificate teaches the basic skills necessary to obtain an entry-level position in the culinary industry. Fast track option available.

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).
  • 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: 17 Hours
Time: 1 Semester

*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