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Culinary Arts Program

Associate of Applied Science│2 Years│67 Credits│Fond du Lac Campus│Eligible for Financial Aid

From careers as corporate chefs, research and development, Artisan bakers, pastry chefs and more, food industry job opportunities are endless. Step into this booming field by getting started in the Culinary Arts associate degree program at Moraine Park.

The Culinary Arts courses at Moraine Park provide training in all aspects of food preparation and production. Students practice food preparation techniques in the state-of-the-art culinary arts labs at the Fond du Lac campus. 

Students also develop baking skills by producing Artisan breads, breakfast pastries, and restaurant desserts. In addition, Culinary Arts classes at MPTC cover essentials such as customer service, sanitation and safety, and restaurant management.

Culinary Arts students gain real-world experience at Moraine Park’s “Park Terrace” restaurant, a student-guided learning environment. At Park Terrace, students develop menus, design table layouts, create management plans, oversee production in an active restaurant, and more.

Check out our December 2022 Food Truck Challenge!

Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following occupations:

  • Executive Chef
  • Events Planner
  • Healthcare Chef
  • Chef
  • Chef de Cuisine
  • Sous Chef
  • Baker
  • Pastry Chef
  • Research and Development Chef
Culinary arts student in kitchen chatting with hungry bystanders.

Course Requirements

Course requirements are subject to change. Visit our catalog for up-to-date information.

Course Highlights

  • Trending Foods
  • Restaurant Operations – Pub Style
  • Catering and Special Function Planning
  • More

Moraine Park’s admissions starts with the online application. The admissions steps and financial aid process can take 4-5 weeks for some programs, so plan ahead.

View and begin standard admissions steps.

If you have any questions or need help with the process, please contact us at  admissions@morainepark.edu OR 920-924-3200, TTY/VP:Use Relay VRS.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors such as total credits required, textbooks and the financial aid you receive. Some programs have additional costs such as uniforms, technology and equipment.

Please refer to the Tuition & Fee Information for enrollment fee information.

Additional Program Costs

Uniform – $122

  • Chefs’ pants (houndstooth)
  • Chefs’ pants (any color)
  • Chefs’ jacket (dbl brstd, long sleeve)
  • Chefs’ jacket (dbl brstd, short sleeve)
  • Bib apron (pockets optional)

Equipment – $250

  • Knife set

Cost of Attendance

Cost of attendance (sometimes referred to as the “sticker price”) is the maximum amount of money it costs to attend college for one year and is used to determine your financial aid offering.

While attending Moraine Park during the 2023-24 school year, your estimated cost of attendance for one full year includes tuition of $4,375 (15 credits for fall and spring semester), fees of $338, food and housing of $4,052 (if living with parents, $9,614 if living on your own), books and supplies of $2,061, personal expenses of $2,245, and transportation of $2,007 for a total of $15,161. Your direct costs (those costs paid directly to the college) include tuition & fees. The indirect costs (costs not paid to the college) can vary from individual to individual and your own personal needs.

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Your estimated cost for your selected credit load is: $

Cost breakdown:

Tuition: $
Supplemental Fee: $
Material Fee: $

Books and required tools, supplies, or attire are additional.

Culinary students standing with Fond du Lac County workers and smiling into the camera.

Culinary Students Feed Fond du Lac County Workers

“When the MPTC Culinary Club decided to do a community service project, I suggested we do something for the social workers of Fond Du Lac County. Their jobs involve long hours advocating for families and individuals, many times in stressful situations. Their ongoing service to the community goes largely unacknowledged. By providing a fresh, delicious lunch for everyone at the social services offices, we were able to use our passion for cooking to let them know that their work is appreciated.”

– LuAnne Salmon, Culinary student and Culinary Club member

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High school dual credit provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school, without leaving their high school classroom. The courses are taught by certified high school instructors using technical college curriculum, grading policies and textbooks.

Has previous life experience already helped you build knowledge and skills applicable to your studies? Applying previously earned credits to a program of study can save you both time spent in the classroom and money spent on tuition and fees.

Transferring here is easy! You can transfer in prior college work by submitting official college transcripts or get a free transcript review.

Financial Aid is provided to aid eligible associate degree and technical diploma programs with 28 credits or more. Processing can take 6-8 weeks after a student’s completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received.

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