Culinary Arts Programs

Start Your Culinary Career with the Right Ingredients

Start with the basic skills of cooking and work toward head chef status. The program emphasizes hands-on learning and provides a true culinary management experience with the student-run Top of the Hill restaurant. If you like working with people, enjoy physical activity, and can think independently and creatively, this may be the program for you.

Explore Culinary Arts Programs
Baking Technical Certificate
Catering Technical Certificate
Culinary Arts Associates of Applied Science
Culinary Assistant Technical Diploma
Culinary Career Essentials Technical Certificate
Culinary Management Associates of Applied Science
Kitchen Assistant Technical Certificate
Kitchen Management Technical Certificate

“At Nicolet, they go into a lot of detail with current trends of food, and what you really need to know to be a successful chef. 

Andrew, Nicolet Culinary Graduate

Career Pathways Get You On The Right Track

Every credit and credential earned applies toward the next technical diploma or degree and provides you with new job opportunities and increased wages. You can even transfer Nicolet credits to another college or university to earn your bachelor's degree. Start on your pathway today.



Develop a foundation of kitchen basics in professional baking and pastry arts.


Learn about catering and kitchen operations.

Culinary Career Essentials

Learn entry-level culinary basics and training.

Kitchen Assistant

Prepare for entry-level jobs in food service.

Kitchen Management

Learn the managerial functions required for manager positions.

Technical Diploma

Culinary Assistant

About the Culinary Assistant Program

Learn basic theory and techniques of food production and service through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. The program is designed to prepare you for entry-level employment in the food service industry wherever food is prepared in quantity.

Associate's Degree

Culinary Arts

About the Culinary Arts Program

Begin with basic theory and techniques of food production and service. Build on these basics to develop advanced culinary techniques and skills in menu planning, purchasing, cost control, and food service supervision through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and extensive hands-on experience. 

Bachelor's Degree

Your Prior Experience Matters

Before you start a program, learn how your past experience can save you time and money. You may have previous education and work experience that could qualify for Credit for Prior Learning.

Visit University Representatives Right On Campus

Take advantage of this convenient way to meet university representatives from various schools and talk with them one on one. Learn how your Nicolet credits transfer so your dream of earning a bachelor's degree will become a reality.


UW Green Bay
10 am -2 pm
Lakeside Center
UW Green Bay
10 am -2 pm
Lakeside Center
Lakeland University
11 am -2 pm
Lakeside Center
UW Green Bay
10 am -2 pm
Lakeside Center

Chat with an Admissions Rep

Explore career possibilities and prepare for entering college.
Call or text the Welcome Center at 715-365-4493 to schedule an appointment or send an email below.

Joe Hafferman, Career Coach

Joe Haferman

Admissions Representative
Gami Miller, Admissions Rep

Gami Miller

Admissions Representative

Visit Top of the Hill

The Student Chefs at the Top of the Hill restaurant on campus build strong culinary technique and skills by serving up tasty options for the community.