Culinary Assistant

Culinary Assistant

If the fast-paced restaurant and catering industry makes your mouth water, serve up your career in short order. In under a year, Gateway’s Culinary Assistant technical diploma program will give you hands-on training in knife handling, baking, food preparation techniques and short order deli skills you need to get your first break in an entry-level position. In addition to kitchen skills and menu planning, starting at Gateway’s culinary school will also train you for commercial, industry-standard operations.

  • Study in state-of-the art facilities in Racine and Elkhorn that include restaurant-quality equipment.
  • Develop hands-on teamwork skills, preparing food for and serving the public, as you practice the skills employers want. 
  • Gain resume-building experience through the Culinary Arts Club and work with area high schools on cupcake wars, chicken wing cook-offs and chili competitions. 
  • Earn a certificate in Basic Cooking Skills, Baking and Pastry Arts or Intro to Butchery & Meat Processing as you work toward your diploma.
  • Get hired in a kitchen with the diploma or continue your education with Gateway’s Culinary Arts associate degree and related certificates.
Program Credits



Elkhorn Campus, Racine Campus

Financial Aid Eligible


Estimated Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $5,719
Books & Supplies: $2,250

Start Dates


Salary Outlook


Career Opportunities: Restaurant Line Cook, Assistant Kitchen Manager, Kitchen Supervisor

Culinary Assistant Career Pathway

Career Pathways are designed to help you reach your educational goals and explore college and career options. Pathways are made up of related certificates, diplomas and degrees that build on common skills and knowledge. You can begin at any point on the Career Pathway and customize your pathway to fit your goals. View the pathway for your area of interest.