Culinary & Baking Enthusiast

Check out our enrichment courses for non-credit cooking options appropriate for all skill levels. See also Craft Brewing and Specialty Beverages courses.

If you have a passion for cooking or baking, you can develop your skills in our professional development “Culinary Basics” series, which target those desiring to start or enhance a home cooking business, or you may be interested in our new Food Truck series.

EnrichmentAdvanced Cooking

Advanced Noncredit Cooking classes

Learn the science behind cooking, chemical interactions of ingredients, and key sanitation practices. Learn food quality and standards that professional cooking requires, possibly serving as a pathway to a career in the industry. Our classes are taught by professional chefs in a commercial-level kitchen. These hands-on courses are not appropriate for beginners without cooking experience.

These courses could be a stepping stone for entering Madison College's Culinary Arts program, but are not a replacement for it. If becoming a restaurant/food service chef is your immediate goal, please see the Culinary Arts Associate degree program.

Students will work individually and in teams to produce recipes for the day. Students are expected to clean as they go and will receive detailed feedback from the chef each day on key skill areas. Students are expected to wear kitchen appropriate clothing, hair restraints and closed toe, non-skid water resistant shoes.


Advanced Noncredit Cooking and Baking Instructors

Kevin Appleton

Kevin Appleton

Kevin Appleton graduated college with a teaching degree and pursued his passion for cooking at the Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago and coursework at the French Pastry School. Kevin has worked in fine dining restaurants in Chicago and Melbourne, Australia. He was the Executive Chef for the Institute of Culinary Arts at Robert Morris College in Chicago and was the Chef for Vom Fass Madison for 5 years. He has won several cooking awards and has appeared on live TV demos, local news publications and on NPR. Kevin joined the Madison College Culinary Arts faculty in 2009 and shares his expertise and love of good food and drinks a wider audience through these courses.


To register, use the course links above to locate an upcoming section and login to add to cart, or note the 5-digit class number and phone (608) 258-2301, ext 2, for registration assistance.

No application is needed. If you have never taken a class here before, you can facilitate enrollment by creating a student account.