Southern Maine Community College

Join One of the Fastest Growing Industries Nationally

It’s Time to Get Started at SMCC

As the third-largest national industry and the largest in the state of Maine, the food industry estimates more than 60,000 additional chefs will be needed each year in the United States. SMCC’s Culinary Arts program offers instruction in food preparation and service to supply these demands. Here, you’ll learn from our talented and experienced faculty who are connected to Maine’s thriving culinary arts scene and beyond.


Take advantage of the lowest tuition and fees in New England and graduate with little to no student debt. On average a three-credit course costs less than $400.


Get the resources and one-to-one support you need to succeed and enter a high-wage career or continue your education after graduating.


Choose from a full- or part-time schedule that works for you with morning, day, evening and online courses that allow you to reach your goals faster.

Meet Ricky Sheldon
SMCC Culinary Arts Student

“I enrolled in SMCC’s Culinary Arts program after graduating from high school and I can think of no better place to be. Besides taking classes, I work at Scales, an upscale seafood restaurant in Portland. Down the road, I hope to eventually own my own restaurant. I made the right choice coming to SMCC; it’s way more than I expected. I’m getting so much hands-on experience at work and in school.”

Launch a Career in Culinary Arts
Career opportunities for SMCC graduates include:
  • Prep Cook
  • Line Cook
  • Sous Chef
  • Personal Chef
  • Pastry Chef
  • Caterer
  • Food and Beverage Director
  • Food Service Manager
  • And more!
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