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Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program

Culinary Arts: Professional Catering - Career Studies Certificate

Did you know that Virginia Western Community College offers quality culinary education that is accredited by The American Culinary Federation? Did you ever dream of cooking for touring musicians, your favorite sports team, or on Hollywood film sets? A certificate in Professional Catering at Virginia Western Community College prepares you to pursue the dynamic career path of professional catering.

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Mandatory Cutlery and Uniform Requirements

Culinary Arts Program Uniform Policy - For all degrees and certificates
  • Two (2) full uniforms, if taking more than one lab (if only taking 1 lab, 1 uniform is sufficient, so long as it is kept clean), consisting of: Chef Jacket with school logo and your name embroidered on it; black & white checkered pants; neckerchief; neckerchief slide; white apron; white baker’s cap; black hard-style non-skid shoes with closed heel and toe (sneakers/tennis shoes/soft cloth shoes will NOT be permitted).
  • In accordance with the Virginia Health Code 12VAC5-421-200 (Prohibition of jewelry) and ACFEF Standard 5.11, there will be no jewelry of any kind (to include medical information jewelry) permitted in the classrooms or labs, with the exception of a plain, metal band.

Additional Benefits for Culinary Program Students

  • ServSafe certifications
  • ACF membership upon graduation
  • ACF meetings held monthly for interested students

Claude Moore Culinary Kitchen Photo Gallery

Kitchen in Claude Moore Education Complex

Tuition: $
Credits: 22 Hours
Time: 1 Year
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Location: Webber Hall W305
Phone: 540-857-7272
Fax: 540-857-7086

Mailing address:
School of Business, Technology & Trades
3098 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Program Head

James Zeisler, Sr., CEC, CCA, CDM, CFPP
Instructor, Culinary Arts

Phone: 540-857-6331
Location: Claude Moore Education Complex
109 Henry Street NW, Roanoke, Va, 24016

A.O.S.: Culinary Arts - Johnson & Wales University, 1992
Certificate: Dietary Management, University of Florida, 1999

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