Food and Hospitality Fast Track

Fast Track Block Scheduling Application (PDF form)

Fast Track Program in Culinary Arts

What is it?

The FHI Fast Track program in Culinary Arts offers students a guaranteed pathway which leads to a fully accredited Associates of Applied Science in Culinary Arts. The programs at El Centro College are certified by the American Culinary Federation with an exemplary rating. The Food & Hospitality Institute also enjoys an over 40 year history of creating the most highly qualified culinary and hospitality professionals in North Texas and beyond. The college recognizes that your success is the most important consideration when selecting where you want to attend culinary school and it is for this reason that we have created this cohort-based program. Statistically, students in a cohort (a group of students working together through the same academic curriculum) enjoy the highest rates of completion and when you spend two years with your classmates at El Centro College you will have the skills, experience, connectivity to the industry and confidence to launch your professional career in one of the most exciting, rewarding and important industries in the world!

What classes will I take and when?

Students will attend class from approximately 9am-2pm Monday through Thursday according to the schedule below.
Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Spring 2021
Sanitation and SafetyAdvanced Food PreparationGarde MangerDining Room ServiceInternational/American Regional
Basic Food PreparationPrincipals of F&B OperationsSaucierFundamentals of BakingNutrition for Foodservice Pros
Hospitality SupervisionHumanitiesPurchasing for Hosp OperationsCooperative Education
Composition 1SociologyPrincipals of F&B Cost ControlPublic Speaking
Contemporary MathematicsPracticum in Culinary Arts

How much does it cost?

Dallas County Residents Out of County Residents Out of State Residents
$59 per credit hour
$111 per credit hour$174 per credit hour
60 credit hours x $59 = $3,56060 credit hours x $111 = $6,66060 credit hours x $174 = $10,440

How do I apply?

There will be a required orientation and application process that will begin in March 2019. Contact FHI Director Steve DeShazo today to be added to the email list to receive up to date information as it becomes available. Please email

You must attend one of the following Fast Track Orientations to be
eligible for acceptance in the Culinary Arts Fast Track block program:

To RSVP for a Fast Track Orientation please send an email to and
include your name, preferred orientation date and the number of people who plan to attend.



Steve DeShazo CEC, FMP, MAT
Director, Food & Hospitality Institute