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If you are passionate about food and want to work in this exciting industry, our hands-on, cutting-edge associate degree programs are designed to provide you with excellent skills to compete in the food & hospitality industry, as well as solid business management and communication skills.  Whether you’re starting a new career, looking to advance your current career or making a change, training at the Food & Hospitality Institute prepares you for the rigors of this demanding industry and its incredible opportunities.

The Food and Hospitality Institute, located at the El Centro College Downtown Campus, may be the best-kept secret in town. If you want a great education at a fraction of the cost of expensive culinary schools, our hands-on training with experienced professionals (view Instructor Bios) will offer you the industry expertise to help you land the job you want — and set you apart from the competition.

Hard work? Of course it is. But rewarding? Just ask our many program graduates who work all over the city and state in top hotels, restaurants, cafés and bakeries! View Alumni Testimonials.

With the boom of restaurant, hotel and convention business in the metroplex, there are lots of job openings for top-quality food service professionals but a shortage of skilled employees who are truly qualified for those jobs.

Our two-year associate degree programs emphasize classical techniques, with concentration on application of techniques.  Students become proficient in their area of specialty.
 
Our different program paths feature a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on participation, critical thinking and work-related experience designed to prepare you for three different food service careers:
  • Bakery/Pastry Arts:  In this degree plan you will develop professionalism, techniques and proficiency in preparation of baked goods and desserts. It will prepare you to work in bakeries, pastry shops, hotels, country clubs and bakery commissaries.
  • Culinary Arts: In this degree plan you will develop the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to become a well-rounded culinary professional. It will prepare you to work in full-service restaurants, hotels, club and catering operations, health spas, cruise lines and other food service operations.
  • Food and Hospitality Service:  In this degree plan you will develop the management and culinary foundation to contribute in either the front or back of the house.   Electives may be selected to advance your chosen area of expertise.  It will prepare you to work in various food service operations.
To see Food and Hospitality Degree and Certificate Options, click here.
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El Centro Campuses


Downtown Campus

801 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214.860.2000
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Bill J Priest Campus

1402 Corinth Street
Dallas, TX 75215
Phone: 214.860.5900
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West Campus

3330 N Hampton Rd
Dallas, TX 75212
Phone: 972.391.1400
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