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Bring your culinary vision to the table.

This associate's degree program provides excellent preparation for a career in Food Service Management, Restaurant Management, or Culinary Management.

What You'll Learn

All students will develop skills and knowledge in the core areas of culinary management and receive focused training in the specialty of their choosing. They will round out their degree with business principles that will give them the knowledge they need to step into a leading position in the culinary field.


Chef Madajewski

Chef Russ Madajewski
I have over thirty years of experience in the restaurant industry. Beginning my career as a busboy in a private country club, I realized cooking was much more interesting and more creative. At that point, I decided to attend a local culinary school in which I earned my Associate Degree. In a short time, I eventually became an Executive Chef and then Food and Beverage Director in contract food management. In my role, I had created and developed new menus, supervised large staffs and analyzed financial statements for many different accounts. Because I am always hungry for knowledge, I returned back to college to earn my Bachelor’s and then Master’s degrees in Sociology. Currently, I am a member of the American Culinary Federation.


Chef Taylor

Chef James Taylor
I have over 30 years’ experience in the food service industry with four degrees from Johnson & Wales University where I taught as a chef instructor.  I have earned two associate’s degrees in Culinary Arts and International Baking & Pastry Arts, a bachelor’s degree in Food Service Management, and a Master’s in Business Administration.  I am a professional member of the American Culinary Federation Syracuse, New York chapter and a Certified ServSafe Instructor & Registered ServSafe Examination Proctor.

Where You'll Go

Go straight into the job field as a Chef, Food Production Manager, Food Batchmaker, or Food Service Manager.


Typical Salary

5 years after graduating


Popular careers, growth potential, and regional demand for the past 12 months.
Career 10-year growth potential Regional Demand
Chef +10% Average
Food Production Manager +11% Average
Food Batchmaker +20% High
Food Service Manager +11% Average

Real Data from Central New York

  • Data reflects previous twelve-month period in the Syracuse Metropolitan Area and surrounding five-county Central New York region.
  • Salary gathered from SUNY Graduate Wages (data source: NYS Unemployment Insurance) unless otherwise indicated. 
  • Demand is determined by the number of job postings in the region over the past twelve months. 
  • Occupational growth potential gathered from Lightcast.   

Transfer Paths

4-year School Bachelor's Degree
Lincoln University
Johnson C. Smith University