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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

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413.552.2298 (Tel)

Hospitality & Culinary Arts

The Pioneer Valley has a long-established reputation as a culinary destination.

From the cafes and restaurants of Northampton to the opening of the MGM casino in Springfield, the Pioneer Valley is recognized as a culinary destination. Whether you want to work in travel or tourism, start your own restaurant or food-related business, or make your name as a chef, you'll acquire the techniques and skills you need to transfer to a four-year institution, or get started and enter the workforce right away. There's never been a better time to start your career! 

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.

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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 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.



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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


  • A culinary arts student chops herbs in the classroom kitchen

    prep

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

  • Culinary arts students preparing artichokes in the HCC kitchen

    chopped

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

    Culinary Challenge

  • The Cubit Building in Holyoke

    coming soon

    Coming soon, a state-of-the-art culinary arts facility in downtown Holyoke!

  • Two culinary arts students use a pasta maker

    mise en place

    Explore the in-depth creation of your favorite foods, from start to finish.

  • Culinary arts students present trays of baked dessert

    presentation

    Learn how to plate and present your culinary creations.

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

Frost 168

413.552.2298 (Tel)