The mission of Christian Culinary Academy is to provide a place for Christians to learn the skills necessary to enable them to enter the industry with confidence and cope with the demands of their chosen profession while acting as effective witnesses. The program is also intended to provide Christian employers with properly trained professionals with a Biblical mindset.
Certificate in Culinary Arts
The Christian Culinary Academy is a licensed culinary trade school that offers an intensive 1-year Certificate in Culinary Arts in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Fall through Spring, students will receive extensive hands-on experience while learning the theory and practice of cooking in the classroom and kitchen. In addition, students will participate in field trips, Biblical training on how to be effective witnesses, and real-life experience in working kitchens. Once the spring semester concludes, students will then work a 12-week internship with an experienced chef in order to reaffirm their training. At the completion of the program, students will receive their Certificate in Culinary Arts.
In order to attain the goals of the program, students spend 24 hours per week in the classroom and classroom kitchens, 4 hours per week between morning devotions and Bible study, and 8 hours per week in mini-internships (practical culinary experience in working kitchens). This works out to be about 36 hours per week of school work in addition to homework. The intensity of the program provides each student in one year what would normally be taught in a two-year culinary program. For those students wanting to further their education, see also our 2nd year Alumni Internship.
Faculty and guest instructors are here with the vision to serve God by instructing the next generation of Christian cooks and chefs. To provide an individually focused experience, class sizes are limited to 12 students. Instructors are available to meet with students privately both for Biblical and culinary guidance.
Why a "Christian" culinary school?
In 1998, God provided a clear vision of a culinary school where believers would be trained to enter the industry with confidence and to share God's love in any facet of the industry God has called them into, whether that be missions or secular fine dining.
We are an interdenominational culinary school, not a Bible college/seminary, and not affiliated with any denomination (see our Statement of Faith). In our Bible studies and conversation, practical life lessons are taught on how to live in the Spirit with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22) in an industry not known for those attributes. Allowing God to grow these attributes in your life will set you apart from the rest.
CCA is a private career school licensed by the Oregon Department of Education's Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). Instead of an accredited degree-granting institution, CCA is a certificate-granting trade school, which allows students to acquire a more affordable education through a one-year intensive program instead of enrolling into a two-year degree program.
In addition, CCA is approved by US Immigration to accept International Students on a 1-year M-1 student visa.
Students who graduate our professional culinary program will have obtained many culinary and professionalism skills, thus providing alumni with a variety of Career Opportunities. Students enter the industry with the ability to advance quickly because of having been taught by other great chefs. Upon graduation students will have attained the following goals through our Curriculum:
- How to be a professional with a Christian mindset
- How to pass the ServSafe sanitation test
- How to use, hold, and maintain knives
- How to follow and modify recipes
- How to identify, fabricate and serve common fish, meat and poultry
- How to prepare soups, sauces, vegetables, starches, breads and pastries
- How to present and garnish food
- How to prepare international cuisines
- How to accommodate special and medical diets
- How to work quickly and proficiently in food preparation and line cooking
- How to prepare resumés and menus
- How to communicate effectively
- How to use culinary math
- How to order food and supplies
- How to handle and maintain kitchen equipment
- and more...