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Culinary Arts

Learn the classical techniques of cooking needed to succeed in today's contemporary kitchens.

Enrolled students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of kitchen etiquette and professionalism.
  • Apply proper sanitation and safety techniques while demonstrating proper knife handling and care for equipment.
  • Apply purchasing principles to the operation of a food service operation.
  • Demonstrate new trends and classical principles in the production of quality plated entrées.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of culinary foundations.
  • Differentiate between the many types of classical saucier.

For students who seek careers in the hospitality industry, the College offers both a Certificate in Culinary Skills and an AAS in Culinary Arts. Our graduates are or have been employed as chefs, line cooks and supervisors/managers in establishments in Manhattan, Chicago, and Orlando, to name a few.

View our Accelerated Program.

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Every Course Matters.

  • Principles of Baking
  • Culinary Foundations
  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Sanitation and Safety
  • Food Supervisory Management
  • Meat and Seafood Fabrication
  • Purchasing & Costing
  • Nutrition
  • Garde Manger
  • Saucier
  • American Cuisine
  • International Cuisine
  • Restaurant Experience I
  • Restaurant Experience II
  • Beverage Management
  • Front of the House Experience
  • Industry Experience

Alumni Spotlight

Antonio LaBarbera ‘19

Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) is a great place because it opens a lot of doors and offers tons of opportunities for students. What I liked most about the Culinary Arts program is how hands on the program and instructors are. The chefs and instructors were happy to help guide me along my culinary path. While in high school, my class went on a tour of the campus and my first impression was “Wow”. During the tour Chef Scott Steiner did a demo for us and talked about what the program had to offer; I was hooked instantly. I am currently working at The Country Club just outside of Boston, M.A. as a banquet cook under the direction of Assistant Banquet Chef, Jesus Olmedo, a competitor on the American Culinary Federation Team USA 2020.

Antonio LaBarbera

Scott Steiner

Program Contact

Scott Steiner
Program Coordinator
Phone: 716-210-2558
Location: NFCI-157
Division Office: 716-210-6456

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28 Old Falls Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

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