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Culinary Management

Culinary Management ProgramsWelcome to the Culinary Management website of Gulf Coast State College!

The Culinary Management Associate of Science degree is a two-year adventure! The Culinary Management Program offers two distinct Associate of Science degrees, Culinary Management AS and Hospitality and Tourism Management AS!

American Culinary Federation


The American Culinary Federation Educational Institute Accrediting Commission (ACFEI_Accrediting Commission) has certified that the culinary arts, baking & pastry, and/or foodservice management program offered at this institution has substantially met the standards set by the only accrediting commission dedicated to culinary arts at the post-secondary level.


Accreditation is a voluntary process which a program undertakes in order to be judged by professionals in the field of culinary arts. This program had to meet standards for their curriculum, faculty, facilities, resources, support staff and organizational structure. Their objectives had to be realistic and obtainable and they had to match with current industry demands.


By attending a program which has gone through and passed the standards set by the educational department of the largest culinary arts organization in the United States (25,000 members), you have the assurance that the program content is current, has top professionals teaching in it, has top professionals guiding it, and that this will assist you in networking effectively in the job market.

There is far more to becoming a chef than learning kitchen skills. Purchasing, pricing menus, supervising employees, designing nutritional meals, maintaining a sanitary workplace, all weigh heavily in your success in the culinary arts profession. This program incorporates all of these skills in its curriculum in order to help you with your future.


A graduate of an accredited program who can evidence a year’s work experience in culinary arts can become a Certified Cook or Certified Pastry Cook at no cost. This is the first step on the certification ladder, which includes Certified Sous (Pastry) chef, Certified Executive (Pastry) Chef, and Certified Master (Pastry) chef. These designations are well-known throughout the world as standards of excellence.

Also available to students in accredited programs who are affiliated with their local American Culinary Federation (ACF) chapters are scholarships up to $500 per semester. Ray and Gertrude Marshall, longtime members and supporters of the ACF, as well as the general membership of the ACF, established a scholarship fund for aspiring culinarians. Priority goes to students attending accredited programs. Local ACF chapters also give hundreds of dollars per year to ACF junior members attending culinary arts programs.

Culinary Contact Information:

Telephone: (850) 769-1551,
Ext. 2848
Fax: (850) 873-3553
Location: ATC105B
Gulf Coast State College
5230 West Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401-1058

Business Contact Information:

Phone: (850) 872-3838
Fax: (850) 747-3259
Business - BS206 - 2nd Floor
Gulf Coast State College
5230 West Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401-1058

Technology Contact Information:

Phone: (850) 872-3875
FAX: 850-873-3553
Technology - ATC233
Gulf Coast State College
5230 West Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401-1058

Faculty Contact Information (Click on Division Members Name to go to their webpage.)

Melanie Boyd
Chair Business and Technology Division
ATC, Rm #232
Phone: (850)872-3839
Fax:(850) 747-3259

Denise Crider
Operations Manager, Culinary
ATC, Rm #150B
Phone: (850) 769-1551, ext. 2848
Fax: (850)767-8062

Paul Ashman
Assistant Professor, Culinary
ATC, Rm #132
Phone: (850) 769-1551,
ext. 5852
Fax: (850)747-3259
Trey Goodwin
Assistant Professor, Culinary and Hospitality
ATC, Rm #133
Phone: (850) 769-1551 ext. 4015
Fax: (850)747-3259
Billy Redd
Instructor, Culinary
ATC, Rm #131
Phone: (850)769-1551, ext. 3349
(800)311-3685, ext. 3349

Fax: (850)747-3259