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student spotlight

Ben Alimirzaei chopping carrots

Behnam "Ben" Alimirzaei, already a professional cook and sushi chef, came to HCC for his associate degree in Food Service Management.

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Warren Leigh

Chair, Hospitality Mgt and Culinary Arts

Business and Technology

Culinary Arts Institute 

413.552.2298 (Tel)

Hospitality & Culinary Arts

Learn from top chefs in our beautiful new state-of-the-art facility. Featuring four full-service kitchens, a bakery, hotel lab, and student-run dining room, it's the perfect place to launch your career!

Are you passionate about food? Ready to turn that passion into an exciting career? The HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute is the place to start! You'll learn from industry professionals who are dedicated to your success. Whether you want to make a name as a chef, start your own restaurant, or build a career in travel and tourism, you'll graduate with the skills you need to transfer to a four-year institution or enter the workforce right away.

A female culinary arts student pipes French macarons

Explore our hospitality and culinary arts degree and certificate options:

Questions? Contact Admissions at 413.552.2321 or admissions@hcc.edu.

see what's cooking


The Hospitality Management Career Option prepares students for various types of management positions in the hospitality industry. Career opportunities in this fast-growing industry exist in such diverse sectors as travel and tourism, lodging, the restaurant industry, recreation and leisure, gaming entertainment, and conference and meeting planning.

The Hospitality Management Transfer Option prepares students to transfer to the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Isenburg School of Management as a third-year Hospitality and Tourism Management major. Career opportunities in this fast-growing industry exist in such diverse sectors as travel and tourism, lodging, the restaurant industry, recreation and leisure, gaming entertainment, and conference and meeting planning.

The Hospitality Management Certificate enables industry professionals and beginning students to undertake college-level coursework in hospitality management without the constraints of being on campus. Students wishing to earn a degree may continue on in either the A.S. in Hospitality Management transfer or career program.

The Food Service Management Program prepares students for culinary arts and entry-level management positions in the diverse field of foodservice including restaurants, clubs, institutions, and other managed services. Students will gain first-hand industry experience, an understanding of professional development in the industry, and the ability to undertake a teamwork-based business approach to identify, define, respond to, and evaluate problems and resolutions in various foodservice industry situations. 

The Culinary Arts Certificate program prepares students for a variety of positions in the diverse field of food service. Accredited by the American Culinary Federation, HCC is the only Massachusetts community college that holds this certification.

Want to go farther? The certificate fulfills the first year of HCC's associate degree in Food Service Management, which prepares students to transfer to culinary degree-granting institutions such as Johnson & Wales University, the Culinary Institute of America, and New England Culinary Institute.


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Hear from HCC student Ben Alimirzaei about our amazing culinary arts program.



fully accredited

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We were prepped very well. The chefs here are great and give a lot of good feedback. Here you have real jobs and know what to expect. I have a sense of what working in a kitchen will be like and what I'll need to know to hold a job in the industry."

Connor Thompson


improve your skills

Do you want to learn about the cuisine of Naples, how to make a croquembouche, or ways to prepare show-stopping appetizers? HCC offers several cooking and baking courses you can take without earning a degree. In fact, the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute has a dedicated workspace that's just for non-credit classes.

personal enrichment  professional development


  • An exterior view of the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute

    now open

    Things are heating up at our state-of-the-art culinary arts facility in downtown Holyoke!

    Let's Cook

  • Three students making crepes in a kitchen

    chopped

    Did you know? Certain HCC culinary arts classes are run just like an episode of "Chopped." 

    Culinary Challenge

  • The kitchen at the Culinary Arts Institute

    production kitchen

    The first floor production kitchen at the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute located in downtown Holyoke.

  • A student frosts cupcakes

    sweet!

    Learn the fundamental principles and procedures for preparing baked goods, pastries, and desserts.

    Baking Theory and Practice CUL 110

  • Culinary Arts Institute dining room

    dine

    Our beautiful new state-of-the-art facility features four full-service kitchens, a bakery, hotel lab, and student-run dining room (pictured).

  • A student chops vegetables

    prep

    Learn the crucial skills you'll need in a busy kitchen.

  • The Culinary Arts Institute lobby

    lounge space

    The second floor student lounge of the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute.

student spotlight

Ben Alimirzaei chopping carrots

Behnam "Ben" Alimirzaei, already a professional cook and sushi chef, came to HCC for his associate degree in Food Service Management.

read more


Warren Leigh

Chair, Hospitality Mgt and Culinary Arts

Business and Technology

Culinary Arts Institute 

413.552.2298 (Tel)