Culinary Production Specialist


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There are 20 recent graduates of this Madison College program.


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100% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 313162

Credits: 28

Area of Study: Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $3,948.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

The Culinary Production Specialist program at Madison College will help you develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in the food-service industry within restaurants, bakeries, catering services, delis, hotels, resorts, healthcare facilities and schools.  

Statistics show that the food service industry is America’s #1 retail employer. In Wisconsin and throughout the nation, there is an increasing need for well-trained food service personnel for restaurants, catering enterprises, healthcare facilities and other institutional food service establishments.

Program Details

Students in the Culinary Production Specialist program can attend full or part time.

Culinary Production Specialist classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.


To Apply

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


After completing the Culinary Production Specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  • Apply principles of safety and sanitation in food service operations.
  • Apply basic principles of nutrition.
  • Demonstrate basic culinary skills.
  • Assist in food service management.
  • Plan menus.
  • Explore food service financial information.

Prospective employers throughout Madison consider Madison College Culinary Production Specialist graduates top candidates. Graduates from this one-year technical diploma are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of culinary arts including:

  • Prep Cooks/Cooks
  • Line Cooks
  • Broiler Chefs or Garde Managers
  • Sous Chefs
  • Executive Chefs or Owner/Operators

Graduates of Madison College’s Culinary Production Specialist diploma typically earn $16,000 to $20,000 per year.

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates142420
    Number of Surveys Sent142420
    Number of Surveys Returned10103
    Percent of Surveys Returned71.4%41.7%15.0%
    Available for Employment733
    Percent Available for Employment100.0%75.0%100.0%
    Not in Labor Market370
    Percent Not in Labor Market42.9%175.0%0.0%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed732
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%100.0%66.7%
    Employed in Related Occupation620
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation85.7%66.7%0.0%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation112
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation14.3%33.3%100.0%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment001
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%0.0%33.3%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.743
    Number of Satisfaction Responses743
    Very Satisfied (4)540
    Percent Very Satisfied71.4%100.0%0.0%
    Satisfied (3)203
    Percent Satisfied28.6%0.0%100.0%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses10103
    Preparation for Getting a Job221
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job20.0%20.0%33.3%
    Career Change200
    Percent Career Change20.0%0.0%0.0%
    Improvement of Existing Skills111
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills10.0%10.0%33.3%
    Preparation for Further Education360
    Percent Preparation for Further Education30.0%60.0%0.0%
    Personal Interest211
    Percent Personal Interest20.0%10.0%33.3%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses732
    Before Enrollment120
    Percent Before Enrollment14.3%66.7%0.0%
    While Attending the College311
    Percent While Attending the College42.9%33.3%50.0%
    After Training at the College301
    Percent After Training at the College42.9%0.0%50.0%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses732
    In College District731
    Percent In College District100.0%100.0%50.0%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District001
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.0%0.0%50.0%
    Outside of Wisconsin000
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count31
    Average Monthly Wage$1,863$2,408
    Average Hourly Wage$10.83$14.00
    Average Work Hours per Week38.350.0
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count3
    Average Hourly Wage$11.58
    Average Work Hours per Week18.3
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Biaggis Italiano Restaurant Sous Chef Middleton

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    ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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