Culinary Arts Hero

Culinary Arts A.A.S.


The ingredients for a culinary career.

Nashville State’s two-year Culinary Arts A.A.S. degree prepares students for careers as chefs and culinary professionals in the dynamic cooking and baking industry. Develop the skills to run a successful kitchen from the necessary cooking techniques to the business side of purchasing, cost control, sanitation, nutrition, and supervision.

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Our Mission

The mission of The Randy Rayburn School of Culinary Arts at Nashville State Community College is to promote the success of culinary students and apprentices by building career pathways that incorporate collaboration of students, industry partners, and educational providers to result in the production of a career pipeline of trained culinary and hospitality professionals for the ever-expanding hospitality industry in Middle Tennessee and beyond.


The Culinary Arts program at Nashville State is preparing students for Nashville's growing culinary and hospitality industries. Students graduate with a solid and professional foundation, ready to enter the workforce. I highly recommend Nashville State to anyone who wants to develop their career.

— Chef Max Knoepfel, Executive Chef of Music City Center

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