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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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Stacy Graves

Coord HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute & PAFEC

Business & Community Services

Culinary Arts Institute 218

413.552.2823 (Tel)

Hospitality & Culinary Arts

Learn from top chefs in our beautiful 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 culinary arts student frosts cupcakes

Explore our hospitality and culinary arts degree and certificate options:

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

location

The HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute is centrally located at 164 Race St. in downtown Holyoke. 

Questions about our state-of-the-art space? Please call 413.552.2823 or send an email to sgraves@hcc.edu. View information about space rentals here.

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 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.

The A.A.S. in Culinary Arts provides a degree-earning pathway for students who have completed the Certificate in Culinary Arts.


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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

  • Two students cooking in a culinary arts 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 culinary arts student smiles

    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


Stacy Graves

Coord HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute & PAFEC

Business & Community Services

Culinary Arts Institute 218

413.552.2823 (Tel)