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Academic CredentialAssociate in Science (AS)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwayBusiness, Industry, Technology, Manufacturing
AdvisorWilliam “Jacob” Fravel
Instructor Culinary
850.769.1551 ext. 4019

Pathway NavigatorWill Archer
850.769.1551 ext. 4023
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Culinary Management, AS

Enter the Exciting World of Culinary Arts!

A career in Culinary Management offers a rewarding lifelong learning experience in a creative, fast-paced and professional environment.  The Culinary Management program at Gulf Coast State College is recognized as one of the top three Culinary programs in Florida.

Housed in the Charles Hilton Center (Advanced Technology Center), the kitchen facilities are state of the art and unrivaled in the region.  Our classes are taught by professional chefs and have low student-to-teacher ratios.  Students will develop professional culinary skills beyond the "knife" and broaden their skill set, preparing them for a variety of positions in the current industry market.

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Culinary Management Program Course Requirements


English I
Visual and Performing Arts or
Philosophy/Religion or
Select one of a list of Math courses
Physical Science or
Biological Science
American National Government or United States History II and demonstrate Civic Literacy Competency
Food Services Courses
Hotel-Restaurant Management
Dining Room Operations
Restaurant & Kitchen Courses
Culinary and Hospitality Externship
Nutrition Courses
Banquet & Convention Mgmt
Wine Essentials

A complete list of courses with descriptions can be found in the Catalog

Culinary Management Program Accreditation

The Culinary Management AS degree program at Gulf Coast State College is accredited by the American Culinary Federation, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL  32095 , as well as the Florida Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Gulf Coast's Culinary School Ranked 3rd Best in  Florida

GCSC's culinary management program has been ranked the third best culinary school in Florida by Best Choice Schools in the "Top 10 Best Culinary Schools in Florida 2016-2017" report.  GCSC was selected based on the solid program offerings, professional experiences for students and their accreditation by the American Culinary Federation.
Paul Ashman
I could have never dreamed that as a student here over 20 years ago my career would bring me full circle back to GCSC!
Paul Ashman
–  Associate Professor, Certified Executive Pastry Chef, Gulf Coast Community College 1993

What will you do with a Culinary Management Degree?

In this field, people find careers as:

Butchers and Meat Cutters
Food Service Managers
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
Butchers and Meat Cutters
Food Service Managers

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

University of Florida
Florida State University - Panama City
University of Central Florida

Dish of Food

Are you ready to Get Started?

Apply to GCSC

Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.


Register for Classes

Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.


Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.