Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Culinary Arts

Chef Peter Gilmore cooking

Culinary Arts Certificate

This 256-hour hands-on program provides the opportunity to train under a distinguished chef in a professional kitchen. This noncredit certificate is offered in the fall and spring. The courses must begin in the fall.  

Chef Peter Gilmore will lead you through everything you need to know about basic knife skills, cooking methods, culinary terminology, kitchen sanitation and safety. Apply the skills to soups, sauces, meat and seafood, while executing the skills of the garde manger, as well as plating and garnishing. You will then also be introduced to the production of baked goods, pastries, plated desserts, garnishes and buffet presentations. Finally, you will create classical desserts, sauces, pulled candy and sugar work.

Skills & Competencies

Safe use and care of commercial food service equipment, use of culinary terminology, ability to identify food products and their common use, exhibition of cooking methods and presentations, ability to prepare and present food that meet employers’ standards, application of principles of good nutrition for consumer demands, demonstration of knowledge of safe food handling practices, acquisition of food manager’s certification, ability to pursue a job search and career in commercial and non-commercial food service operations.

Tuition: $3,999 (includes books and materials)
Contact: Community Education to register and for more information at 610-359-5025.
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NEW ServSafe Certification
Designed to satisfy the PA Department Agriculture and the Chester County Health Department’s educational requirements for certification and recertification of people who serve food to the public. ServSafe® Food Safety Manager Certification provides training and certification for food handlers as required by the State of Pennsylvania. You will complete 8-hours of independent study in
addition to 8-hours in the classroom. Instruction covers all materials needed to pass the ServSafe® examination and obtain certification. Required materials: Current Editions ServSafe Manager, Revised with Scantron Sheet, 7th Edition (ISBN: -13: 978-0-13-481233-5)
CAR 0049 / Length: 8 classroom hours

Cost: $149

CRN 2977 Sunday
September 19
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Marple
CRN 2978 Sunday
October 17
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Marple

NEW Supervisory & Customer
Service Skills Training for Food Service Workers

The course will prepare you for a career in food services, restaurants, and the hospitality industry. The course emphasizes customer service skills that can be applied in a wide variety of settings. This is an excellent option for those already working in a food services environment and wanting to apply for management positions, or for those interested in starting new careers. GED or High School Equivalence Required. All materials are included.

This course includes:

  • Prometric Certified Professional Food Manager (CPFM) exam SERVSafe Certification 
  • Certified Customer Service Professional Exam (CCSP) from the National Customer Service Association (NCSA) . 

CAR 5642 / Length: 116 hours

Cost: $2250

CRN 3115

Tuesday & Thursday
September 14-December 22

6-9 p.m.