Culinary Arts Program: Real Life Skills.
Day 1: What we mean by “Yes Chef!”
Day 90: Goat Cheese Gougeres for 100
Core Skills: Your Foundation for Life
On the very first day of class, you will begin cooking real food for real people. Working alongside our Chef Instructors you’ll learn the techniques you will need to master all culinary endeavors. These skills will give you the flexibility to be nimble and creative--to use time-tested techniques in new ways.
You will gain confidence and skill from attending class in the real world atmosphere of our live-production restaurant and bakery. You’ll learn the importance of professionalism and service.
Be Well-Rounded: Theory and Skills
You will be engaged in a curriculum designed to give you a well-rounded education that spans applied science, classical techniques, critical and creative thinking, personal and professional development, world cuisines, and more. We focus on traditional skills but we are always looking to the future, and into the culture. What’s happening in the food scene?
“We have a real opportunity at NECI to create generations of chefs who believe in the importance of using ingredients that are sustainably raised, harvested, and distributed. This means fostering respect for ingredients and teaching skills that minimize waste. At NECI, sustainable practices are woven into our curriculum. Being in Vermont puts us on the front lines of exciting changes in the way we think about food.”
--Chef Lyndon Virkler, Department Chair of Culinary Arts
- Certificate in Professional Cooking—This program consists of 13 weeks of on-campus residency and a 13-week, 450-hour internship. From here, you may go on to other programs, such as NECI’s Associate of Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts degree.
- Associate of Occupational Studies—A 24-month program that includes two 6-month residencies of classroom work, intensive hands-on learning in the kitchens and food services of NECI, and two 6-month, 700-hour internships.
- Bachelor of Arts Degree—A 39-month program that includes three 6-month residencies of classroom work, intensive hands-on learning in the kitchens and food services of NECI; two 700-hour internships; and one 9-month nonresident term that includes internship and additional online course work.
For more information regarding our programs, including graduation rates and median loan debt of completers, please see NECI Program Disclosure Information.