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Welcome to Opportunities in Culinary Arts and Hospitality

Restaurant and hospitality businesses are booming in Orange County. In 2018, a record-breaking 50 million tourists visited the region, interacting with more than 141,000 industry employees. 

Saddleback maintains industry partnerships and provides smooth transitions to exciting hospitality careers. And in the culinary programs, grads are finding career success in restaurants, schools, hotels, catering…and even starting their own businesses.

Culinary Arts graduates are boosting their annual salaries by 70%, while Hospitality grads enjoy a lift of nearly 40%. Start your new career at Saddleback today!

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Potential Salaries

$29,130 - $114,110

Per Year

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Potential Careers

Food Service Manager

Lodging Manager

Supervisor, Food Service

Private Chef

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Hiring Companies

Ritz Carlton

K&D Hospitality Group

St. Regis

Many More!

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Saddleback’s Hospitality and Culinary programs are serving up success! Here are a few of the many careers and their average salaries.

Food Service Manager - $52,830

Chef / Head Cook - $46,360

Lodging Manager - $63,370

Restaurant Cook - $29,130

Private Chef - $39,370

Supervisor of Personal Service Workers - $39,360

Supervisor, Food Service - $32,590

Spa Manager - $39,360

Meeting, Convention, & Event Planner - $59,250

Concierge - $34,700

Receptionist and Information Clerk - $31,470

General Operations Manager (w/ further education) - $114,110

Saddleback College’s Hospitality and Culinary department offers three associate degrees, three certificate programs, and one occupational skills award in this in-demand field. 

For more information about these programs, you can also visit the main Saddleback website’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts page.

  • Basic Culinary Arts (Associate in Science)
  • Basic Culinary Arts (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Advanced Culinary Arts (Associate in Science)
  • Advanced Culinary Arts (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Catering (Associate in Science)
  • Catering (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Event Planner (Occupational Skills Award)

Marriott * Ritz Carlton * St. Regis * Surf & Sand * Montage * Monarch * Octopus * Villa Valencia * Hilton Hotels & Resorts * K&D Hospitality Group * Wyndham Hotels & Resorts * DoubleTree Suites * Embassy Suites * AvantStay * InterContinental Hotels * Panda Restaurant Group * Irvine Company * Hyatt Regency * CAVA * Sodexo Inc. * Compass Group * Xperience Restaurant Group * And Many More! *

Lisa Inlow, Department Chair - (949) 582-4354

Kathleen Lunetto, Instructor - (949) 348-6182

Saddleback College is proud to be Orange County’s premier provider of low-cost career education. See the 2019 Cost of Education Statement for the most recent information on cost of attendance.

For financial aid, visit the Student Financial Assistance & Scholarship Office online, for details on financial assistance sources, including grants, loans, scholarships, work-study opportunities, and more!

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