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Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science degree prepares graduates to work in a commercial kitchen including restaurants, bakeries, cafeterias, delis, hospitals and other specialty shops.

Students will gain skills in every facet of running a commercial restaurant as they learn basic cooking principles, terminology and food handling practices. Practical experience is provided with all stations of line cooking, inventory, daily specials production, garde mange work, sauce preparation and commercial equipment maintenance. Students will be prepared to work in a commercial kitchen of a restaurant, catering company, cafeteria, deli or other specialty shop. Students must always have a valid Washington State Health Card and Serve Safe Certificate.

This program is certified by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Upon graduation, students will be eligible to receive their initial ACF certifications in either culinary arts or baking arts, depending on their area of specialization.

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Entry into this program requires completion of an admissions application.

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Culinary Arts, AAS

Culinary Arts, Certificate of Proficiency


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Baking Arts


Wine Dinner Series 

2016 LWTech Winter Wine Dinner LWTech Wine Dinner

Friday, June 3, 2016
6:30 - 9:30 PM 


The Wine Dinner Series is a collaborative effort between: the LWTech Foundation and the Culinary and Baking Programs. Proceeds from this event are used to support student scholarships, participation in educational competitions such as the Culinary Knowledge Bowl, opportunities to study abroad and program development.

"Spring and Summer Bounty"

Cost: $95/person

RSVP Date: May 30, 2016

Reserve your tickets today!


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Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010, require institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). Those regulations also provide that institutions must disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution's GE Programs.


Chef Mimi Stockmann
(425) 739-8141
Office: E145B
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Chef Eric K. Sakai
(425) 739-8141
Office: E145B
Call/email for appointment

Matthew Keigley
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TDD: (425) 739-8109

Kirkland Campus
11605 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034


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The Chef City Grill is a full-service restaurant operated by the Culinary Arts program. The Grill prepares and serves quality regional dishes by students in the Culinary Arts program.

Chef City Grill
Lake Washington Institute of Technology 
East Building, E147
11605 132nd Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
Reservations: (425) 739-8310


Chef Mimi Stockmann
Full-Time Faculty
(425) 739-8141

Chef Mimi Stockmann, after completing her training at the Seattle Culinary Academy, worked in several Seattle area restaurants before taking on the head chef position at Moss Bay Catering in Kirkland. Chef Stockmann has also completed her certification as a professional meat cutter and butcher. At Renton Technical College she was a chef instructor designing and teaching many of their professional continuing education culinary classes.

Chef Eric K. Sakai
Full-Time Faculty
(425) 739-8345

Chef Eric K. Sakai began his culinary career at Kapi`olani Community College in his hometown of Honolulu, Hawai`i. After working at a variety of establishments including Buca di Beppo, the Sheraton Hotel Waikiki and Alan Wong’s, he moved to Seattle in 2004 to further his culinary endeavors. Following several different kitchen manager positions, he eventually made his way to LWTech where he served as Food Service Manager for three years before joining the faculty of the Culinary Arts program.

Matthew Keigley
Full-Time Faculty
(425) 739-8544

Matthew Keigley has been in the restaurant business for over twenty years. As owner and operator of his own restaurant for over five years in Issaquah Washington, Matt’s restaurant won numerous Washington wine awards and food critic choice awards. He has been a General Manager, Floor manager, and Bar manager for different successful restaurants in the Seattle area.  Matt has enjoyed inspiring and developing new and future restaurateurs.