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Great Lakes Culinary Institute - Culinary Degrees and Certificates Best Culinary Schools badge Best Choice Schools Top Culinary School logo Best Value Schools logo If your favorite channel is the Food Network and your creativity comes alive in the kitchen, consider a career in the rapidly growing food service industry. At NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute, where students “learn by doing,” you’ll receive training that will give you the competitive advantage in this field.

The Culinary Arts Program prepares you for entry-level chef and kitchen management positions. Consideration is given to the science and techniques associated with the selection, preparation and serving of foods to large and small groups.

The Great Lakes Culinary Institute’s facility is located on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus. It is comprised of five culinary labs including a bakery, introductory and food skills kitchen, an advanced cooking kitchen, a garde manger kitchen, and Lobdell’s, a 90-seat teaching restaurant. Upon graduation you will have gained a well-rounded classic culinary foundation and an understanding of vital skills modern chefs use on a daily basis both in the kitchen and community.

COMING FALL 2022: Two new culinary certificates. The Culinary Arts Level I Certificate meets the needs of students who want enough skills to get into the industry while incurring minimal costs. The Baking & Pastry Level II Certificate offers basic and advanced training for new students and current workforce professionals who want to enhance specific skills. For more information, contact Admissions Specialist Kerry Fulcher at (231) 995-1196 or


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Upcoming Event

A Taste of Success
Friday, April 29

  • Support culinary student scholarships in this anticipated annual fundraiser.
  • Cost: $250/box, generously serves two: Charcuterie, Soup, Global tour box sampling & Dessert
  • When: Pick up from 4–6 p.m. Apr. 29
  • Where: NMC's Great Lakes campus (715 E Front Street, Traverse City)


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