Culinary Arts/Hospitality

Culinary Arts/Hospitality

Monterey County’s scenic beauty and amazing food are two primary reasons why so many people want to visit our county and spend their time here. From the world-class restaurants of Monterey and Carmel to the amazingly affordable and delicious restaurants of the Salinas Valley, there is so much great food to sample.

A recent study indicated that the hospitality and tourism industries generate $1.7 billion dollars per year in Monterey County. This is one of the key sectors to the economic vitality of Monterey County. As the region’s second largest industry (after agriculture), there are 1837 businesses employing 21,940 workers.

Culinary Arts (cooking) jobs are part of this industry and the long-term prospects for these occupations are very positive. Monterey County’s hospitality industry offers a diverse range of career opportunities that cater to various interests, skills, and qualifications, with positions available from entry-level to executive management.

Culinary Arts/Hospitality Training Opportunities

If you want to develop the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level cook and pastry careers in just a few months, sign up for an accelerated program that culminates in earning two college-level certificates: the Sustainable Culinary Arts Certificate of Achievement and the Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate of Achievement. Complete this program and be ready to work!

Classes begin September 18, 2023, and end May 24, 2024. An internship/Job Fair will be held on the week of May 20th to connect you with area employers to interview for summer internship and employment opportunities Complete this program and be Ready to Work!

The training program will be taught on the MPC Monterey Campus in FC-104. Space is limited to 24 students, so enroll today! For more information, email MPC at or call 831-646-4012.

Culinary Arts/Hospitality Occupations



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