Hospitality / Culinary Arts

The Hospitality/Culinary Arts major is a unique program that combines culinary and baking arts as well as hospitality management. Students will have real-world catering experiences and the opportunity to utilize the Fusion Food Truck, the only food truck curriculum in Kansas. This program teaches the skills needed to become entrepreneurs in the food industry.

Program options

Hospitality/Culinary Arts offers a technical certificate and associate of applied science degree option. High school seniors are also eligible to apply to this program.

The technical certificate is a one-year program. Graduates will be able to prepare and serve cuisine found in fine dining establishments, practice sanitation and safety, and efficiently utilize equipment, supplies and manage personnel. Certificate courses are transferable to the AAS degree program.

The associate of applied science degree is a two-year program that contains technical and general education courses. Graduates will be able to apply the principles of supervision and human resource management including employee recruitment, selection, orientation, productivity and labor controls. Graduates will also have the knowledge to exert a higher level of control over the cooking process, prepare American and international cuisine and learn the elements of garde manager, baking, pastries and confections. Knowledge and application will provide inventory control and monitor the cost/volume/profit relationship in the foodservice industry. These skills are acquired through real-life experiences in the classroom, catering of banquets and special events.

Culinary perfection is about a basic love for food and the desire to please people. A career in Culinary Arts involves dedication, hard work, education, and talent. This field of study is part of the Hospitality Industry, which is the largest private employer in the United States. Opportunities exist in roles of cook, baker, chef, caterer, food and beverage managers, owners of restaurants, and countless other areas.

Career opportunities include:

  • Resort & Cruise Ships
  • Convention Centers
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Food Service
  • Restaurant Management

Kansas State University

FHTC students who have complete an Associate of Applied Science degree at FHTC in Hospitality/Culinary Arts will be able to apply to transition into Kansas State University’s Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management program.

Kendra Smith, CC

Kendra began teaching in the Hospitality/Culinary Arts program at FHTC in 2019. Prior to this position, she worked as a counselor and educator. Kendra has worked several positions in the restaurant including Pastry Chef and Corporate Chef. She worked with celebrity chefs in the Fort Worth, Texas area to keep them up to date on market trends and helped them manage restaurants in general. Kendra has also owned her own restaurant in the hospital district in Fort Worth. Kendra holds a Master’s Certificate in Addiction Counseling from Montana State University, a Bachelor’s in Education from Texas Wesleyan University and an Associate of Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Dallas.

Alberto Navarro-Trujillo

Alberto is an alumni from FHTC’s Hospitality/Culinary Arts program, graduating in the Honor Society, and began as an instructor in 2018. He has studied under Chef Lance Nitahara and Evelyn O’Connor. Alberto has extensive experience in food truck operation and has catered events ranging from private dinner parties to groups up to three hundred. He has over five years of management experience including leading a kitchen team in Colorado Springs. Alberto has extensive knowledge in Latin American Cuisines as well as Dietary Restrictions and Nutrition and teaches several courses, among those are Culinary Techniques & Theory, World Cuisine and Modern Gastronomy.

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