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Food and Hospitality Institute

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Are you creative in the kitchen? Are you ready to work towards your dream job in the food industry? Would you like a dynamic career that’s in high demand in the D/FW 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? But rewarding? Just ask our many program graduates who work all over the city and state in top hotels, restaurants, cafés and bakeries!

Our three program paths feature a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on participation and work-related experience to prepare you for three 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.
Get started in Food and Hospitality today!

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.

Why is This a Good Career Bet?

The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex’s thriving tourist and convention businesses create strong demand for qualified personnel in a competitive food and hospitality industry. 

America’s Career Infonet projects job growth of 19 percent for chefs and head cooks, 17 percent for food service managers and 13 percent for supervisors of food service workers over the next decade. High job growth is defined as an annual increase of more than 10 percent.  

See more about careers in Food and Hospitality.

Degree and Certificate Options in the Food and Hospitality Institute

El Centro College  

El Centro College is the only college of DCCCD that offers the Food and Hospitality program. There are three specialized food service careers:

  • Culinary Arts
  • Bakery/Pastry Arts
  • Food and Hospitality Service

Find out more about all degree and certificate options.