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Culinary Arts—Frequently Asked Questions

How many uniforms shall I purchase?

Many students find it useful to have two sets of uniforms, especially if enrolled in two lab classes in one semester.

Should I buy the best knife available as a beginning student?

Good knifes are very expensive; if you are not on a tight budget, by all means get the best you can afford. Be sure that all of your materials are engraved (we will provide an engraver for you).

Do I have to purchase a Service Uniform right away?

No. A service uniform will be required for the second and third semesters.

Will I have to carry my uniforms/knives to class each day?

No. Lockers are provided for all lab class students. A lock is needed.

Am I required to purchase anything else for classes?

Depending on the classes taken, other materials may be required; a lab journal, a name tag, class workbooks, a computer disc, pens/pencils, binders and paper are examples. Please review your course outline(s) and speak with other students and instructors.

Are there always used books for sale?

Not always; some classes may require the purchase of a new book. The earlier students purchase their books, the greater the probablility that used books will be available.

Are there any other fees or expenses I should consider?

While not a Program or college requirement, all Culinary Arts students are highly encouraged to become members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). This organization, and the benefits of membership, will be fully explained in class. If you desire to seek professional certification upon graduation, affiliating with the ACF will be required.



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5151 Pacific Ave
Stockton, California 95207
(209) 954-5151