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Culinary, Hospitality Management & Tourism

Students are flourishing at the College of DuPage Culinary & Hospitality Center. The 60,000 square foot LEED certified facility is home to our acclaimed Hospitality Program as well as our ACF accredited Culinary and Pastry Programs. The building houses a boutique hotel, two restaurants, a retail outlet for student made product and state of the art instructional kitchens. The restaurants and hotel raise the "living laboratory" concept to a whole new level. COD culinary students work and learn at both restaurants, acquiring real-life training alongside talented faculty members and top-notch chefs.

The kitchens and bake shops have all the ingredients and equipment to give students the best culinary training in the Midwest. All students begin in our state of the art Skills Kitchen, featuring individual cooking suites, and then advance to the Wheat Café casual dining kitchen and complete their training in the Waterleaf fine dining kitchen.

The Culinary & Hospitality Program currently offers Associates degrees in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, Culinology, Meeting and Event Planning, Hospitality Management and Restaurant Management. Certificate programs are also available in the Culinary, Hospitality, and Travel fields. See the links above for more information.

Gainful Employment Information

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Contact Information

Laura Lerdal, Culinary Market and Lab Coordinator
(630) 942-2359

Anna Gay, Program Support Specialist
(630) 942-2502

Mary Beth Leone, Coordinator, Hospitality
(630) 942-2059

Tim Meyers, Co-Coordinator, Culinary and Baking
(630) 942-3223

David Kramer, Co-Coordinator, Culinary and Baking
(630) 942-2868

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592

3+1 Program

COD and Roosevelt University 3+1 Degree Program in Hospitality and Tourism Management for students with an AAS in Culinary Arts


  • Rachel Dau

    Rachel DauCulinary and Hospitality Management

    "I fell in love with the school. The chefs, instructors and fellow classmates have helped to shape who I am now, and I would not trade that for anything. Making people happy through food and knowing that I was able to help make their big day a little more special is incredibly rewarding."

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  • Roy Beaumont

    Roy BeaumontCulinary and Hospitality Management

    "College of DuPage was like a bees nest in terms of activity. There were many areas where you could become engaged, and I took advantage of that."

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  • Christine Petersen

    Christine PetersenCulinary and Hospitality Management

    "COD was the best financial choice but offered completely transferable credits for my bachelor's degree with a great foundation for the hospitality industry and culinary arts."

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  • Randy Jeffay

    Randy JeffayCulinary and Hospitality Management

    "In the Classical Cuisine course, we'd be working with tenderloins, lobster tails, ducks, wonderful cuts of fish. These were opportunities to do some real quality learning with quality results."

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  • Jamie Fredericks

    Jamie FredericksCulinary and Hospitality Management

    "Mary Beth Leone was always an inspiration to me when I was a student. She gave me a sense of the hotel career that would best suit me."

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3+1 Degree Programs

College of DuPage has partnered with prominent universities to offer high-caliber degree programs at a greatly reduced cost.