Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

Learn professional chef and hospitality services for restaurants and other commercial food establishments. The Culinary Arts curriculum is designed to give you a professional and practical experience and background with a hands-on approach in the daily operation in a professional kitchen and full-service restaurant. Learn classical skills and knowledge needed to work in volume feeding establishments and experience all phases (front and back of the house) of a restaurant operation through rotation of assignments. 

Baking and Pastry

Learn basic to advanced concepts and techniques of baking. Students will gain working knowledge of major methods such as creaming, foaming, meringues, custards, pies, tarts, cookies, brownies, bread baking process, muffins, quick breads, sugar work, showpieces, special occasion cakes, fillings, icings, mousses, glazing techniques, along with chocolate and confectionery technology.

Contact Us 

Dawn Martin
Culinary Program Specialist
3801 Market Street, Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 328-3805 Office 

Culinary Arts
Major Units
Typical Time to Completion
9 months
Program Requirements
Baking and Pastry
Major Units
Typical Time to Completion
1 year
Program Requirements

If you are interested in technical trades, you can explore other instructional pathways in Advanced Technical Arts and Trades.

Application to the Culinary Programs

Following are the Information Workshop dates and the Online Application dates for the Culinary Arts Program. All students that are interested in the Culinary Arts Program should attend an Information Workshop. Requirements and eligibility criteria will be discussed at the workshops. All workshops will be held at the Culinary Academy Building.

For additional information please call (951) 328-3663 “EAT FOOD”.  Times and dates are subject to change. The address is 3801 Market Street, Riverside, California 92501

Requirements to enroll in the culinary program:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Able to lift 50 lb.

How to Apply:

  • Submit an online RCC admissions application.
  • Submit AN ONLINE CULINARY APPLICATION on the specified online application dates shown below.
    • Online Baking and Pastry Online Application is currently closed
    • Online Cullinary Application is currently closed.


  • Random numbering process

Class size limitation:

  • We are only able to accept ((35)) students.

How long is the program?

  • Three 12-week sessions (approximately one year) winter, spring, fall

What is the daily time commitment of the culinary program?

  • Mondays: 8 am  – 11:50 am
  • Tuesdays through Fridays: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

How much?

  • Approximately $2500 for the whole program

  • Tuition: $46 per unit

  • Health Services: $20 (Fall & Spring) and $17 (Winter & Summer)

  • Student Services: $30 (Fall & Spring) and $10 (Winter & Summer)

  • Parking: $50 (Fall & Spring) and $25 (Summer) and $0 (Winter)

  • Uniforms: $311.98 (XS-L) extra fees for XL sizes

  • Black Non-Skid Shoes: approx. $100

  • Knife Set: $293.63

  • Textbooks: approx. $350

Notification of status of your application:

  • You will be notified by email within 15 business days

Questions ? / Workshop Schedule:

  • Attend an information workshop to learn more about the culinary program. see the information workshop schedule below: 

Due to a limitation of space, the online application criteria is based on a random numbering process, and the dates listed below are the only dates that students will be able to apply!
Duplicate applications will disqualify your application.

​(No reservation or appointment necessary)

Date Time Location
September 26, 2022  1 pm Via Zoom
December 12, 2022
1 pm Via Zoom
May 22, 2023
1 pm Via Zoom


Date Time If Accepted, Program Begins:
October 17-23, 2022 8 am - 7 pm January 3, 2023
January 9-15, 2023   8 am - 7 pm April 3, 2023
June 12-18, 2023  8 am - 7 pm August 28, 2023

(will be accepted on the following dates only)

​(No reservation or appointment necessary)

Date Time Location
March 21, 2022 Monday  11 am Via Zoom

(will be accepted on the following dates only)

Date Time If Accepted, Program Begins:
April 18, 2022 –
April 24, 2022
8 am - 7 pm  August 22, 2022(actual start date)
June 20, 2022 (for students needing to take ServSafe)​