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Hospitality Management, Event Planning, Pastry/Baking and Culinary Programs of the Highest Standards:

Learn the ins and outs of Hospitality Management and Event Planning in the extensive coursework in the Hospitality Program.  The Culinary Arts and Pastry/Baking programs underscore the fundamentals of modern classical cooking with a focus on taste, aroma, and artful presentation.  In addition to the traditional components of the Gulf Coast Culinary Institute at Faulkner State, you have the opportunity to select one of the options designed to meet the ever-expanding needs of the Culinary/Hospitality industry.

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Options available in the Hospitality/Culinary Program.
  • Associate in Applied Science Degree Options:
  • Certificate Options
  • Training Certificate Options

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Course Descriptions – These descriptions will give you an idea of the coursework you will take in the field of Hospitality Management/Culinary Arts.

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News and Events

Students attend National Restaurant Association show in Chicago - 

Students and faculty attended the National Restaurant Associations Food Service show in Chicago in May. After successful fundraising efforts, Faulkner State sent 15 students and 2 instructors to the show. The show lasted from May 16th through the 19th and featured more than 2,000 exhibits and vendors. There were visitors from all 50 states and over 100 countries. The show also included appearances by celebrity chefs such as Rick Bayless, Anne Burrell, Robert Irvine and Mark Murphy. While the students where in Chicago they also had time to explore the cultural and culinary offerings of the city.

Chef Thrash Places Second in National Shrimp Festival Cook Off

Chef Brandon Thrash, our executive chef placed 2nd in the Annual Shrimp Cook Off sponsored by the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber and Zatarain's. The cook off is held every year in the kitchens of the Gulf Coast Culinary Institute at Faulkner State and attracts the top Chefs in our area. This year there were 20 competitors and Chef Thrash's dish Crispy Shrimp Sausage, Slow Cooked Shrimp, Creole Gnocchi and Buttered Corn took second place. For the recipe click here

Chef Tharsh accepts his award