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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.

Program Course Maps

Academic and Career Pathways provides students a roadmap to achieving their academic and career goals. Follow an academic timeline that outlines which classes you need to take and when so you can gain knowledge, graduate on time or move on to the next phase in your career.

Gainful Employment Information

View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.



Contact Information

Laura Lerdal, Culinary Market and Lab Coordinator
(630) 942-2359
Email: lerdal@cod.edu

Anna Gay, Program Support Specialist
(630) 942-2502
Email: gayanna@cod.edu

Jim Mulyk, Chair, Hospitality
(630) 942-6429
Email: mulykj@cod.edu

David Kramer, Chair, Associate Professor, Culinary, Baking and Pastry Arts
(630) 942-2868
Email: kramerd@cod.edu

Tim Meyers, Chair, Professor, Culinary, Baking and Pastry Arts
(630) 942-3223
Email: meyerst@cod.edu

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 219
(630) 942-2048