Food as Art, Culture, and Science
Learn from the very best. Led by professional chefs and instructors with extensive backgrounds in the food and hospitality industries, SRJC’s courses are held at the B. Robert Burdo Culinary Arts Center across from the main campus. A learning environment that surpasses private culinary schools, this 22,000-square-foot facility features three commercial kitchens, a retail bakery, and a full-service restaurant that’s open to the public.
Baking and Pastry
Dining Room Service
Front House Operations (Restaurant)
Front Office Management (Lodging)
Santa Rosa Junior College is connected to the best chefs in Sonoma County, so you’ll find guest lecturers from John Ash and Kendall-Jackson cooking alongside students. Our partnerships with legendary chefs and well-known restaurateurs help shape the coursework, preparing our graduates to run their own bakeries, manage restaurants, and publish cookbooks.
“I feel at home teaching in this learning environment because of its similarity to working in a restaurant, with constant collaboration and growth of the employees as they learn to synergize with the people working around them.”
Chef/Instructor, Cookbook author
Farm to Fork
At the Burdo Culinary Arts Center, students gain experience working in all aspects of the food industry, from culinary techniques including knife skills and creative presentation to management and hospitality—skills that turn a meal into an experience. Instructors use classic French techniques with the freshest California ingredients, teaching fundamentals like knife skills, sanitation, and safety. Offering an authentic farm-to-fork experience, students cook with ingredients produced on our nearby Agricultural instructional site: Shone Farm, a 365-acre farm and winery.
Culinary Café & Bakery
Pizza Oven & Outdoor Kitchen
Your Meal Ticket
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates employment of chefs and head cooks will grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026—faster than the average for all occupations. This growing industry presents new opportunities for those with the proper training and skills—everything from catering and cooking demonstrations, to winery events and food trucks. SRJC students have exclusive access to internship opportunities and a curated job board with openings from elite restaurants, wineries, and more.
Job Positions and Salaries
Entry-level positions in Hospitality and Culinary Arts offer monthly salaries in the following ranges:
Food Server, Banquet Server, Host/Hostess
$2,066 - $2,518
Wait Staff, Hosts, Manager
Restaurant Manager, Catering Manager
In the Culinary Arts programs, students learn by doing (and eating).
A supplies fee (about $100) provides students with breakfast, lunch, and often leftovers for dinner, every school day.