Culinary Production Specialist

Technical Diploma

Program number: 313162

Credits: 28

Area of Study: Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $3,822.00
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.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


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 2020-2021 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.

Find open jobs in this industry on Wisconsin TechConnecttm

Wisconsin TechConnect Connecting Skills with Jobs

  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates 14
    Number of Surveys Sent 14
    Number of Surveys Returned 10
    Percent of Surveys Returned 71.40%
    Available for Employment 7
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 3
    Percent Not in Labor Market 42.90%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed 7
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 6
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 85.70%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 14.30%
    Employed - No Response 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.7 0 0
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 7
    Very Satisfied 5
    Percent Very Satisfied 71.40%
    Satisfied 2
    Percent Satisfied 28.60%
    Unsatisfied 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses 10
    Preparation for Getting a Job 2
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 20.00%
    Career Change 2
    Percent Career Change 20.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 1
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 10.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 3
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 30.00%
    Personal Interest 2
    Percent Personal Interest 20.00%
    Other 0
    Percent Other 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 7
    Before Enrollment 1
    Percent Before Enrollment 14.30%
    While Attending the College 3
    Percent While Attending the College 42.90%
    After Training at the College 3
    Percent After Training at the College 42.90%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses 7
    In College District 7
    Percent In College District 100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 3
    Average Monthly Wage $1,863
    Average Hourly Wage $10.83
    Average Work Hours per Week 38.3
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 3
    Average Hourly Wage $11.58
    Average Work Hours per Week 18.3
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 201 71
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 585 94
    Total Jobs 786 165
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    A Pig in a Fur Coat Prep Cook
    Bear And Bottle PM Supervisor
    Edgewater Hotel Server
    Merchant Line Cook
    One11 Main Line Cook Lodi
    Sur La Table Culinary Instructor

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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