AACA Certificate in Culinary Arts

The Certificate in Culinary Arts at AACA is a 15 month program designed to teach you the fundamental skills of cookery. You will receive hands on training in knife skills, menu planning, intercontinental cuisine, baking and pastry and much more.

Key Benefits

Hone your skills under the tutelage of internationally acclaimed Chef Norman Peter Hart, a member of the American Culinary Federation.
Receive hands-on instruction from renowned chefs and instructors in our gleaming new professional kitchens.

  • Master the key fundamentals necessary to be a great American Chef.
  • Study the world's major cuisines and their influence on the American Culinary scene.

Acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence of a well-trained culinary professional.
You can complete this program and graduate as a technically skilled culinary arts professional in just 15 months.

A Well-Rounded Education

At AACA, you will also receive additional hands-on experience during an in-field internship, a cooperative effort between the Academy and the professional community surrounding our new, industry-standard campus facilities.

American Academy of Culinary Arts is a member of the National Restaurant Association and the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Key Skills
Tuition, Loan Debt and Graduate Information
  • At PTI's American Academy of Culinary Arts, you can build the knowledge, skills and confidence of a well-trained culinary professional, including:

    • Basic knife skills
    • The fine art of sauce making
    • Principles of nutrition
    • Food safety and sanitation
    • Planning a healthy menu
    • Culinary and baking terminology
    • Plate presentation and creativity
    • The chemistry of baking
    • Matching specific wines to complement certain foods
    • Envisioning new concepts in restaurant experiences
    • Re-interpret classic recipes with your own deliciously different approach and much more
  • Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded your Certificate of Culinary Arts and be prepared to sit for certification exams in a number of key areas, including sanitation and food safety.

    • Advanced Intercontinental Cuisine
    • Baking and Pastry Fundamentals
    • Club & Restaurant Management
    • Culinary Elements of Wines and Spirits
    • Effective Kitchen Design Principles
    • Fundamental Concepts of Cooking, Sanitation and Safety
    • Fundamentals of Classical Cuisine/Garde Manger
    • Introduction to Culinary Arts
    • Introduction to Fish/Shellfish and Meats
    • Nutrition and Menu Planning
    • Purchasing and Cost Control


    • Career Development
    • Critical Thinking
    • English Composition 1
    • Elective – 1
    • Principles of Mathematics
    • Steps to Career Success 1

    AACA Culinary Arts students
    receive additional hands-on
    experience during their in-field

  • The focus of this certificate program is designed to prepare motivated students for a diverse and growing range of careers in kitchens and hospitality institutions, including:

    • Restaurants
    • Bakeries
    • Country Clubs
    • Cruise Ships
    • Hotels & Resorts
    • Schools
    • Food & Beverage Companies
    • Casinos
    • Catering Companies
    • Grocery Stores
    • Hospitals and many others
  • The culinary field is rich with opportunities, and our Career Services department is ready to help you prepare for an exciting future as:

    • Chef de Cuisine
    • Kitchen Manager
    • Caterer
    • Pastry Chef or Patissier
    • Sate Chef
    • Butcher
    • Sous Chef
    • Service Manager
    • Fry Cook
    • Food Stylist
    • Chef Saucier and many others
  • For graduation rates and other important consumer information regarding this program, please click on the link below:

    United States Department of Education Gainful Employment Data

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Mardi Gras at AACA

It was just like Bourbon Street in the kitchens of the American Academy of Culinary Arts on Saturday February 21. Chef Hart and his students hosted the Chaine Des Rotisseurs society for a Mardi Gras gourmet brunch that would make any gourmand from the Big Easy proud.