Culinary, Hospitality & Tourism


This pathway is a great fit if you are a creative team player who enjoys learning new things and hands-on work. You can expect opportunities to compete across the nation and dedicated professors with industry experience.

Some highlights include:

  • Award-winning faculty, such as Tim Bucci, who earned a Certified Master Chef title in 2019, and Andy Chlebana, who won first place while competing on the Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship in 2016
  • Hands-on learning opportunities with the latest equipment, such as JJC’s two student-run and operated restaurants, Saveur and Thrive
  • Flexibility in course offerings, especially for those who want to work in the hospitality, event planning, restaurant or hotel industry

Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts program at JJC offers students a first-class education at one of the most highly respected culinary programs in the nation, and in one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the world.

Hospitality Management

Hospitality is the second largest industry in the United States, employing nearly 14 million people. JJC graduates have gone on to land a wide variety of careers in this field, including jobs in restaurants, hotels, casinos, special events and meeting planning.

  • About Us | Contact Information

    What Will I Learn?

    Students pursuing a certificate or degree in this program will learn the basic skills needed to become a supervisor or manager in the hospitality industry. Faculty use real world examples to help students learn the fundamentals of the hotel Industry, the restaurant industry and the meetings industry. 

    Contact Information

    Anne Esquivel
    Professor
    Room: T-2035
    Phone: 815.280.2448
    Email: agean@jjc.edu

Transfer to a Four-Year School

You can save thousands on your education by attending JJC your first two years compared to a four-year public or private institution.

Study Abroad

As a member of the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), JJC offers many study abroad opportunities around the world for students of any major. Destinations include Japan, Costa Rica, England, France and more!

  • How to Study Abroad

    At JJC, you can choose to study abroad during the fall, spring or summer semesters. All students who want to study abroad should fill out an application and have it completed by the deadlines below.

    • Spring Program: October 15
    • Summer Program: February 15
    • Fall Program: May 15
       

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Careers

  • Bakers

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Bakers

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 22,887 3,388
    2022 22,802
    2023 22,743
    2024 22,696
    2025 22,656

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Bakers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $24,894.95 $31,045.42
    25 $26,813.69
    50 $31,045.42
    75 $39,333.19
    90 $51,196.70

    Education Attainment Levels - Bakers

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 82.47
    A Certificate 8.06
    Some College 9.47
    An Associate Degree 0.00
    A Bachelor's Degree 0.00
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Chefs and Head Cooks

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Chefs and Head Cooks

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 19,767 2,989
    2022 19,337
    2023 19,016
    2024 18,801
    2025 18,665

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Chefs and Head Cooks

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $24,294.64 $53,105.88
    25 $37,190.14
    50 $53,105.88
    75 $74,553.62
    90 $102,468.00

    Education Attainment Levels - Chefs and Head Cooks

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 13.80
    A Certificate 17.24
    Some College 3.45
    An Associate Degree 51.72
    A Bachelor's Degree 13.79
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 25,817 3,951
    2022 25,913
    2023 26,108
    2024 26,338
    2025 26,569

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $27,054.35 $36,562.28
    25 $30,453.72
    50 $36,562.28
    75 $44,556.45
    90 $53,501.85

    Education Attainment Levels - Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 73.08
    A Certificate 14.21
    Some College 5.85
    An Associate Degree 0.08
    A Bachelor's Degree 6.78
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Food Service Managers

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Food Service Managers

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 46,365 6,166
    2022 45,960
    2023 45,690
    2024 45,558
    2025 45,560

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Food Service Managers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $26,322.54 $49,930.03
    25 $35,637.96
    50 $49,930.03
    75 $70,070.73
    90 $98,971.56

    Education Attainment Levels - Food Service Managers

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 70.56
    A Certificate 4.83
    Some College 18.35
    An Associate Degree 0.71
    A Bachelor's Degree 5.54
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Lodging Managers

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Lodging Managers

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 4,026 497
    2022 3,877
    2023 3,770
    2024 3,691
    2025 3,643

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Lodging Managers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $29,101.98 $56,452.24
    25 $40,394.94
    50 $56,452.24
    75 $97,757.77
    90 $160,594.87

    Education Attainment Levels - Lodging Managers

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 19.47
    A Certificate 0.00
    Some College 5.89
    An Associate Degree 3.05
    A Bachelor's Degree 71.60
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2021 18,755 2,213
    2022 18,850
    2023 18,957
    2024 19,096
    2025 19,218

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $32,565.12 $57,636.52
    25 $43,210.87
    50 $57,636.52
    75 $80,222.67
    90 $114,994.84

    Education Attainment Levels - Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 7.85
    A Certificate 6.64
    Some College 37.22
    An Associate Degree 7.49
    A Bachelor's Degree 40.80
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00