Associate Degree On Campus

Culinary Arts

Kendall College

20 months
16082 USD/year
16082 USD/year
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The A.A.S. in Culinary Arts degree at Kendall College fuses the art and science of cooking together with an introduction to restaurant management practices. Alongside rigorous culinary training, you’ll investigate some of the leadership and collaboration strategies you’ll need to excel in a career in food.


You’ll start by exploring the fundamentals of cooking, then move on to advanced culinary techniques and skills. You’ll apply your knowledge as you prepare food for Kendall’s on-campus venues, including our Zagat-rated, Michelin Guide–recommended fine-dining restaurant. This A.A.S. in Culinary Arts degree at Kendall College prepares students to confidently enter any caliber of restaurant and to eventually step into roles of significant responsibility in the professional kitchen.


These courses are fundamental to the associate in culinary arts program:

  • Foundations of Professional Cooking I and II – Learn essential knife skills, food safety, seasonings, art of sauce and soups and food pairings. Cultivate a refined palate to detect nuances and shifts in taste.
  • Nutritional Cooking – Learn nutrition concepts and apply them directly into the kitchen. Covered within each week—from a chef’s perspective—are topics like weight management, food labeling, food allergies, digestion, diabetes and heart disease. Contemporary ethical food issues will be addressed through cooking for vegetarian, vegan and religious dietary menus.
  • Prep, Fire, Plate – This course challenges students to apply the concepts and techniques learned in prior classes to demonstrate their skills. This course will further teach students how to work in an organized manner under pressure and prepare students to cook with urgency and accuracy.
  • Professional Growth and Development I, II, III – Designed to achieve two aspects of the industry, professional growth and development. Students will take a practical assessment on skills obtained in their foundational courses and receive feedback to the professional growth of the program compared to industry benchmarks.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Café Production
  • Food Ethics
  • Garde Manger
  • Advanced Methods of Cooking
  • Foodservice Purchasing
  • Prep, Fire, Plate
  • Professional Growth and Development 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 20 months
  • Part-time
    • 56 months

Start dates & application deadlines


65 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions where you registered and/or attended. In order to be considered official, transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution.
  • Applicants with less than 10 semester hours of transferable college credit must submit an official high school transcript, sealed in the original envelope with graduation date posted.
  • Official military transcripts, military certificates (including Army, Navy, Marine Joint Services or CCAS-Air Force transcripts), nationally recognized certificates and CLEP/DANTES test scores may also be submitted for evaluation. 

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    16082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8041 USD per semester during 20 months.
  • National

    16082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8041 USD per semester during 20 months.

We are pleased to announce that for all students starting in the Summer 2020 (July) term, NLU is offering brand new, reduced tuition rates for Kendall College programs! The new international tuition rates are listed below:

$8,041 Rack Rate Tuition per Term at 14+ QH Per Term 

  • Reduced from $8,443 Rack Rate Tuition per Term at 14+ QH Per Term
  • Savings of $402 per term, $4,824 lifetime savings when completing 12 terms

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


10% Automatic Opportunity Scholarship 

  • Applies to All NLU Undergraduate Programs including Hospitality Management
  • Eligible to Freshman and Transfer Students

25% Automatic Opportunity Scholarship 

  • Applies to All Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Programs
  • Eligible to Freshman and Transfer Students

50% #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship 

  • Awarded to Two Students Every Fall Term
  • Eligible to Freshman Undergraduate Students Only
  • Deadline is July 1st

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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