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Are you creative in the kitchen? Do you love nourishing your friends and family through baking? Do you dream of owning your own restaurant? Are you ready for a fast-paced, dynamic job that’s in high demand, even in today's economy and the ever-changing restaurant and hotel business of the DFW metroplex?

The Food and Hospitality Institute, located at the El Centro College Downtown Campus, may be the best-kept secret in town if you want a great, hands-on education at a fraction of the cost of expensive culinary institutes. Our in-the-kitchen training with experienced professionals will give you the culinary training to help you land the job you want — and set you apart from the competition.

Hard work? Of course it is. But rewarding? Just ask our many program graduates who work all over the city and state in top hotels, restaurants, cafés and bakeries!

With the boom of restaurant, hotel and convention business in the metroplex, there are lots of job openings for top-quality food service workers but a shortage of workers who are truly qualified for those jobs. What are you waiting for? A hot job is waiting on you!

Our three program paths feature a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on participation and work-related experience designed to prepare you for three different food service careers:

  • Bakery/Pastry will prepare you to work in bakeries, pastry shops, hotels, country clubs and in-store bakeries.
  • Culinary Arts will help you develop the skills necessary to work in a variety of culinary-related positions.
  • Food and Hospitality Service will train you to work in a wide variety of food service positions, from a small coffee shop to a large hotel.

Come taste what we’re cooking: Thursday luncheons are open to public

Every Thursday afternoon of the Fall and Spring semesters, students of the Food and Hospitality Institute prepare a complete four-course meal for the public. Find out more.

Get started in Food and Hospitality today!

Food and Hospitality Degree and Certificate Options

El Centro College

El Centro College is the only college of DCCCD that offers culinary arts education through its Food and Hospitality Institute. Degrees and certificates include:

Associate in Applied Sciences Degrees



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