Fun Foodie Facts about Brookdale Culinary Arts Grads:  Alumna Emily Chapman won the TV competition “Chopped” and alumnus Drew Araneo three times won the James Beard “Top Chef” award and is the owner of the restaurant Drew’s Bayshore Bistro in Keyport NJ.

Lincroft, NJ - We all love to eat! That is not going to change. Even during the pandemic, we've seen the demand for outdoor dining, indoor dining, curbside service and delivery...  There will always be employment for those who know how to master culinary arts. Brookdale Community College ranked #9 of the top 25 colleges offering the best culinary arts programs in 2020 by GradReports. This was based on over 100,000 college degree programs and the starting salary data of over 5 million graduates! 

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“We are thrilled to be named #9 in the country! The Brookdale Culinary Arts program has amazing faculty and students.  We are so proud of our ACF accreditation and to be developing the chefs of tomorrow for Monmouth County. A special thank you to our Monmouth County community for their support and the hiring of our students,” said Michelle Zuppe, Professor, Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management

GradReport rankings represent the most comprehensive collection of data-driven college rankings available to date.

First place was awarded to the graduates of the culinary arts' associate degree program at University of Hawaii Maui College earned a median of $37,600 in their first year after college. In third place, The Art Institutes graduates earned $32,700 and have a median debt of $22,625. Coming in fifth, Culinary Institute of America had a median salary of $31,200 and a median debt of $12,000. Brookdale’s median salary is $28,100 with a median debt of $8,663. Tuition, median salaries, and median debt were reported by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Culinary Education Center of Monmouth County is a unique collaboration between Brookdale Community College and the Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD). The mission of the program is to provide a quality culinary education with transferrable skills that are marketable in an ever-changing industry.  Employment opportunities exist in food preparation and supervisory/chef positions in restaurants, food catering services, and institutional food services in schools, colleges, hospitals, nursing homes, and business establishment facilities.

Culinary courses run in three-week blocks each semester. By attending classes Mondays through Thursdays, you can pursue job opportunities in the field on weekends.

The Culinary Education Center, with full large training kitchens, storerooms, classrooms, and bakery, is located at 101 Dury Lane in Asbury Park, NJ.

Support Brookdale Community College Culinary Students this Holiday Season by purchasing your Holiday Baked Goods from them! The order form is here:  Orders must be made by December 14th, Cash, and curbside pickup in Asbury Park, NJ. For more information about Careers in Hospitality and Culinary Arts at Brookdale