Opportunities in hospitality are on the rise, and jobs in the food service industry are especially in demand. These creative professionals can be found in restaurants, bakeries, and industrial kitchens in roles such as cooks, bakers, cake decorators, or executive chefs.
No matter which path you’re interested in pursuing, McHenry County College (MCC) offers a culinary degree or certificate that will help ignite your rewarding career in food service—with no prior experience necessary.
The program explores the essentials of food preparation, restaurant management, and kitchen safety with hands-on courses and experiential learning opportunities. Each semester, MCC culinary classes operate two student-run restaurants on campus—the Tartan Bistro during the Spring Semester and Sweet Scots Bakery in the Fall.
“By managing these restaurants, students learn how to apply the skills they learn in the classroom to the real life scenarios they’ll face in the food service industry,” said Chef Tina Drzal, MCC’s department chair of Culinary Management. “There’s no better way to prepare for everything it takes to own and operate a restaurant.”
New this year, the program includes classes on bar and beverage management as well as wine culture, and is always evolving to add new classes and certificates that cover the latest trends in food and beverage.
Graduates of the program are prepared to enter the workforce as food service professionals, or can easily transfer to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree.
To learn more about MCC’s culinary degrees, courses, and certificates, visit www.mchenry.edu/culinary.