Working in a kitchen takes patience, flexibility, and an immense understanding of not only your own work, but the work of everyone around you. Whether you’re in a narrow food truck or in a large restaurant kitchen, you’ll need to work perfectly with the people around you. And as you advance through your career, you’ll need the skills to not only be a good chef, but also to manage, lead, and create a successful kitchen operation — restaurant or otherwise. Getting your degree now will ensure you’re prepared for the fast-paced, exciting, and ever-changing culinary world!
Do you not just cook, but create? Do you like tinkering with recipes and adding flavors of your own? Are you interested in all things food? Whether you’re already cooking culinary masterpieces or you’ve only just started your journey in the kitchen, Lane’s Culinary Arts and Food Service Management program will prepare you to be a professional ready for whatever comes your way.
When you’re ready to get started, just apply! Our Admissions Office staff will guide you through the steps to enroll to get you started right. You can also contact Admissions with any questions you have about the college, to schedule a tour of the campus, or just to say hello. If you’re not ready to apply today, you can request more information on the program and we’ll get in touch to make a plan that works for you. Be sure to review our Applying to the Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism Management program information below also.
As a culinary arts student, you’ll learn to:
- create menus using local, seasonal fare (often using food grown on campus!)
- cost and plan a menu with complimentary dishes
- work with food and kitchen equipment safely
- manage inventory purchasing and receiving
- use food and beverage controls to manage kitchen inventory effectively, ensuring you’ll always have the ingredients you need
- develop knife skills to work quickly while protecting your hands
- prepare a variety of regional and international cuisines
- perfect your dining room service skills
- operate cooktops, ovens (baking, convection, and conventional), and grills
- operate food processors, dough mixers, meat slicers, espresso machines, and a variety of kitchen tools
- operate cash registers and point of sales (POS) systems
- develop supervisory and human relations skills.
- develop fundamental baking and pastry knowledge and skills
- successfully plan and prepare large culinary events in the Center for Meeting and Learning
Turn your passion for food and cooking into a career! Focusing on classical culinary principles and techniques, our program’s coursework builds your knowledge and skills through a carefully chosen sequence of courses with an emphasis on learning by doing. Our program is designed for individuals looking for a career in cooking and food service, as well as those just wanting to learn more about food and improve their cooking skills.
Completing your culinary degree will show your future employers that you're serious about a career in food, and that you have the experience necessary to be an asset in a kitchen. Your skills will be backed by a degree that shows you’re a well rounded and competitive employee.
Whether you’re starting this degree with no previous experience or you’ve been working in a kitchen for a while, your Lane Culinary Degree will help you stand out from the crowd and show you’re ready to take the next step in your career!
If you’d like to take your degree to the next level, the culinary arts program is articulated with Oregon Institute of Technology. After your Lane degree, you’ll be able to transfer to OIT to complete your BA in just two more years. If you’re interested in continuing to a four year program, talk with a program advisor to develop a plan that works for you.
As a student in the culinary program, you’ll join a cohort that will move through classes together. You’ll work closely with other students to master culinary skills and develop networking connections to help you throughout your career. Your culinary labs will never have more than 24 students and will always be taught by an instructor, not a grad student. Our attentive faculty have real world experience, and they bring those experiences to the classroom! Because of our small class sizes, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your instructor on a first name basis.
The faculty and advisors for the program can help you meet your career goals. They can answer any program specific questions you might have, and help you find opportunities outside of the classroom. Advisors will help you schedule your classes and plan for the future. You’ll work with them to create a term by term planner that meets your needs and goals to ensure you complete your degree. And if you’re planning on transferring to a four-year school they can help you take the classes you need to count towards your bachelor's degree.
Employers are interested in more than just your degree. It’s important that you’re able to show that you have relevant, real world work experience. During your time in the Culinary program, you’ll complete 7 credits of Cooperative Education courses, where you’ll work at a local business earning the experience that’ll make you stand out. Many students even continue to paid employment at their former internship site.
In the second year of the program, you’ll take courses in Lane’s on-campus restaurant lab, the Renaissance Room. You’ll take courses in advanced cooking theories including Garde Manger (the art of the cold kitchen), International Cuisine & Regional American Cuisine. The Renaissance Room will provide you with a realistic, but controlled setting to explore your passion for food and develop as a chef!
Many culinary students choose to supplement their experience by choosing to work for either campus food services or the Center for Meeting and Learning. In addition to gaining experience, and earning money, students employed by either of those departments are eligible for a partial tuition waiver.
With just five additional classes, you can earn your Baking and Pastry certificate! This certificate will prepare you with the knowledge and skills necessary to start at any cafe, bakery or restaurant. You’ll be able to bake small, individual products as well as learn the intricacies of scaling up and adapting recipes. Learn more about the Baking and Pastry certificate.
The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program is colocated with the Center for Meeting and Learning, in Building 19. The Center is a state-of-the-art conference and events center with full service catering and the versatility to accommodate groups of 6 to 600. The Center also provides a bridge between the culinary students and the hotel/restaurant/tourism students to learn their respective skills together.
Building 19 holds several culinary classrooms, including the Wiper Kitchen. As the primary classroom for the culinary program, this kitchen offers a dedicated space for you to get hands-on experience using commercial grade equipment. As a first year student, you’ll make it your home.
You’ll have the opportunity to work and run a real restaurant in the second year of the culinary program. The Renaissance Room is a Contemporary American Bistro restaurant that seats 60 and is open to the public for lunch three days a week. Under the supervision of our experienced and credentialed faculty chef instructor, the restaurant provides our culinary and hotel/restaurant/tourism management students with hands-on experience and an instructional environment that offers a quality dining experience to its guests.
You can also get experience working in our food truck. In our food truck operations class, you’ll learn about planning, promoting, setting-up, cooking, delivery, tear-down and cleanup of a food truck. After class, you’ll use what you learned to cook and serve customers at local events!
Lane’s main campus is tucked into the foothills of the Oregon Cascades, providing a stunning landscape for your education. With incredible resources on campus like advising, tutoring services, the library, First Year Experience and so many more, you have the opportunity to make the most out of your degree. Lane also offers student housing at Titan Court, located at our downtown campus. Ready to learn more? Schedule a campus tour to explore our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.
Want to know even more? Check out these data sheets on the Culinary program at Lane!