Klamath Community College’s Culinary Arts Program is a hands-on, theory-based delivery for professional chefs and food service managers. The program starts out slow to get some idea of where the individual students are with regard to their skill sets, then walk them through all appropriate facets of restaurant operations from budgeting to baking, from soups to sauces, and from management to main courses. This program covers all the major qualities employers look for in prospective employees.

Regional Employment Forecast

Hourly Salary Range (Klamath Area):
$14.74 - $30.04
Hourly Salary Range (State of Oregon):
$13.06 - $33.74
Area Employment Projections: Projected growth (2014-2024) in the Klamath area is 17.2%. Projected growth in the state of Oregon is 19.3%.
Statewide Employment Analysis: The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2024. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2024. Educational Requirements: The typical entry level education for this occupation is a postsecondary non-degree award.

All data was gathered from the State of Oregon Employment Department
Data provided for a chef position. For a different employment forecast please visit the State of Oregon's Employment Department.
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Program Advisor

Richard Vierra
Culinary Program Lead
7390 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603

Q & A 

What will I learn in the culinary arts food service management program?

The Culinary Department prepares students for successful careers in the food services industry. The Department develops the culinary skills, confidence, and professionalism needed to assume a position in a commercial food establishment. The Department also seeks to equip students to become owner/operators of food-related businesses.

In addition to providing students with training in moist/dry cookery, culinary craftsmanship, sanitation, and equipment use and safety, the Department develops student awareness of the structure and function of the global food service industry. Equipped with an understanding of the industry and their own capabilities, culinary students are well-positioned to pursue successful food service careers.

Where will my culinary training take place?

Coursework is split between the classroom and our commercial kitchen setting, where students will learn everything from basic safety and sanitation to knife skills and advanced culinary applications.

How do you make chocolate chip cookies?

From Betty Crocker:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg 
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups) 
  1. Heat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Mix sugars, butter, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
  3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.