Are you creative in the kitchen? Are you ready to work towards your dream job in the food industry? Would you like a dynamic career that’s in high demand in the D/FW metroplex?

The Food and Hospitality Institute, located at the El Centro College Downtown Campus, is the choice if you want a great, hands-on education at a fraction of the cost of for-profit culinary schools. Our in-the-kitchen training with experienced professionals, combined with strong industry connections, will give you the expertise to help you land the job you want — and set you apart from the competition.

Hard work? But rewarding? Just ask our many graduates who work all over the city and state in top hotels, restaurants, cafés and bakeries!

Our three program paths feature classroom instruction, hands-on participation and work-related experience to prepare you for three food service careers:

  • Bakery/Pastry will prepare you to work in bakeries, pastry shops, hotels, country clubs and in-store bakeries.
  • Culinary Arts will help you develop the skills necessary to work in a variety of culinary-related positions.
  • Food and Hospitality Service will train you to work in a wide variety of food service positions, from a small coffee shop to a large hotel.

Come taste what our students are cooking: Every Thursday of the Fall and Spring semesters, students of the Food and Hospitality Institute prepare a complete three-course lunch that’s open to the public. In Fall, we also serve dinner on Tuesdays. Find out more.

Contact Us

  • Steve DeShazo – Director, Food and Hospitality Institute

  • El Centro College
  • 214-860-2652

Food and Hospitality At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Food and Hospitality jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

Why is This a Good Career Bet?

The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex’s thriving tourist and convention businesses create strong demand for qualified personnel in a competitive food and hospitality industry.

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth of 30 percent for chefs and head cooks and 24 percent for food service managers through 2024. 

See more about careers in Food and Hospitality.

Guided Pathways in Food and Hospitality Institute

A guided pathway will help you earn a college credential and build a career. It’s a one-page document that clearly shows you what courses to take (and when) to best prepare you for success in college and in your career.

Learn more about Guided Pathways to Success.

Guided Pathway
Food and Hospitality Institute - Bakery/Pastry
Guided Pathway
Food and Hospitality Institute - Culinary Arts

Degree and Certificate Options in the Food and Hospitality Institute

El Centro College is the only college of DCCCD that offers the Food and Hospitality program.

Find out more about all degree and certificate options.