More than 20 years ago — long before chefs and culinarians became media stars — Hudson County Community College founded its Culinary Arts Institute (CAI). Since then, the HCCC CAI has become nationally recognized for its award-winning curriculum and is one of only two programs in the New York region to be accredited by the American Culinary Federation Accrediting Commission. Our CAI is also accredited by the American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation (ACFEF), a prestigious designation held by only a select number of schools in the U.S., and affirmation of the high quality of content and delivery of instruction we provide. Our graduates are not only properly prepared to succeed in the culinary and hospitality industries, they also receive numerous job opportunities.Each year, thousands of students pursue their dreams of being in the culinary and hospitality industries here at the HCCC CAI. Proudly, the HCCC CAI areas of study include everything from baking and beverage management to cost control, menu and facilities design, to wines and spirits. We have a variety of one-semester to one-year certificate programs and of course, our acclaimed Associate degrees in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management.The HCCC CAI is dedicated to affording all of our students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills that will help them succeed in the culinary field and hospitality industry. Every CAI faculty member takes a personalized approach to every student’s hands-on learning experiences, and to guarantee personalized attention, our kitchen labs are limited to just 16 students. Further, our students learn in the College’s Culinary Arts Institute/Conference Center, a 72,000 square-foot facility completed in 2007. The College’s Culinary Arts Institute/Conference Center includes state-of-the-art kitchens and classrooms including bakeries, hot-food and cold-food kitchens and classrooms, an ice-sculpting studio, a fish-and-butchery room, mock-hotel hospitality suite, and a library of more than 4,000 cookbooks. (The Culinary Arts Institute/Conference Center kitchens may appear familiar — they have been featured in TLC’s Cake Boss: Next Great Baker and Progresso Soup’s “Ring-Ring” commercials!)Come learn more about the HCCC CAI!Throughout the year, we host several Open Houses and we invite you to attend one of these informative sessions. You may also obtain more information about our Culinary Arts Institute by phoning our recruiter at (201) 360-4640 or emailing [email protected].