Becoming A Professional Chef
Do you have a passion for cooking? Do you find the UP of Michigan a breathtaking place? Do you love being a part of a collaborative team? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then we have the perfect program for you!
The Culinary Arts Chef Certificate from the Les Cheneaux Culinary School is how you’ll set yourself apart and reach the next step in your career. The program offers students an extraordinary opportunity to become a culinary leader in their community.
Sustainable agriculture is one which depletes neither the people nor the land. -Wendell Berry
The Les Cheneaux Culinary School is located in the heart of the quaint village of Hessel, overlooking Hessel Bay and the Les Cheneaux Islands. The 5,000 square-foot facility features a state-of-the art kitchen and a breathtaking, boathouse-themed dining room and deck to accommodate eighty-plus guests, as well as a unique indoor/outdoor bar designed to service patrons in all seasons.
The kitchen is very spacious and well-suited for groups of up to twenty students. All instructional equipment, which includes standard commercial ovens, grills, and steamers, is state-of-the-art. There is a horseshoe-shaped chef’s demo area where instructors can easily display and perform the techniques of the industry. During the summer internship program, this feature enables restaurant patrons to view the students preparing the unique dishes they have mastered over the previous months.
About Our Craft
Three Pillars We Stand On
This program’s mission is to provide a unique, culinary education that focuses on hands-on, farm-to-table fine dining geared to regional cuisine, and to assure its students of promising careers.
The Culinary Arts Chef Certificate from the Les Cheneaux Culinary School prepares individuals to work as professional chefs, sous chefs, and culinary experts in a variety of settings, including fine-dining and specialty restaurants, and boutique eateries.
Culinary Arts Chef Certificate (30 credits)
CULN111 Beginning Cookery (8)
CULN113 Culinary Safety (2)
CULN115 Culinary Management (2)
CULN121 Advanced Culinary Skills (8)
CULN123 Service Operations (2)
CULN125 Nutrition for Chefs (2)
CULN130 Culinary Internship (6)
- Orientation: Tuesday, August 15th, 2023
- Semester 1 Instruction Begins: Monday, September 25th, 2023
- Semester 1 Midterms: November 13th & 14th, 2023
- Semester 1 Final Exam Week: January 29th, & 30th, 2024
- Semester 2 Instruction Begins: Monday, February 5th, 2024
- Semester 2 Midterms: April 1st & 2nd, 2024
- Semester 2 Final Exam Week: May 20th & 21st, 2024
- Graduations: Monday, September 2nd, 2024:
Program Director & Instructor
Note: 60,210 – Median Salary of Chefs (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022)
Meet The Faculty
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Tuition Costs including fees?
Culinary Arts Chef CertificateCost Calculator 2022-2023
Program Tuition for School Year 2022-23: $16,000
Culinary Fees (knives, food, clothing, etc.): $ 900
Program Cost: $16,900
Early Application Matching Grant $ 500 - 2,000
Additional Potential LCCS Scholarship: $ 500 - 3,000
Summer Internship Potential up to: $ 5,600
Total Net Cost of Program: $10,800 - $7,800
Are Scholarships Available?
Yes! LCCS offers scholarships. Recipients must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as outlined in the catalog to remain eligible for the scholarship.
What are the Housing Options?
Off-campus housing options are available. For a list of available off-campus housing, students should contact the Student Services Office at 906-484-4800.
Can I take classes at different times or semesters?
No. Due to the cohort nature of this program, you may not take classes at different times or semesters.
What can I do with this certificate?
Graduates with a Culinary Arts Chef Certificate work in a variety of food service positions directly related to the training received which may include but are not limited to restaurant management, food distribution, food critics/reviews, teaching, and/or any field related to food services.
What experience does the faculty have?
Executive chef and head instructor, Zachary Schroeder, has an extensive background in management and leadership, and brings a relentless devotion to culinary excellence, with particular focus on the farm-to-table fine dining experience. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management from Northern Michigan University in 2011. While in school, he worked as line and prep cook at Hanna’s Bistro and then Red Ginger in Traverse City, Michigan, and Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel; then at Upfront and Company in Marquette, Michigan, and finally as sous chef at Bayside Fine Dining on Drummond Island in Michigan’s upper peninsula. After graduating, he became Executive Chef and General Manager at H2O in Battle Creek, Michigan, and then Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director at Moose Ridge in South Lyon, Michigan. His Accreditations and Licenses include ServSafe and ServSafe Alcohol.
What is farm-to-table?
Farm-to-table is a social movement we fully support and is precisely how we operate. Farm-to-table fine dining plays right into the burgeoning of sustainable agriculture in the region. The economy is notably strengthened by supporting local growers and learning exciting new ways to utilize natural foods.
Are there internship opportunities?
Yes! During the last four months of the program, students perform their internship in the warm and inviting, 55-seat Les Cheneaux Culinary School Restaurant, learning all aspects of restaurant management and service. The Les Cheneaux Culinary School Restaurant is located in the heart of the quaint village of Hessel, overlooking Hessel Bay and the Les Cheneaux Islands.
Wallace Family Farms
Ski Country Farms
Circle K Ranch
8744 E. Olson Rd., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
(989) 429-9914 email: email@example.com
Faron Smith and Wendy Griffin have a small, GMO-free farm on Sugar Island, providing ducks, chickens, eggs, turkeys, rabbits, pork, and lamb to LCCS. “Our free-range poultry is raised on grass, chicken feed, and love….and you can taste the difference! Plus, we are fully licensed to do our own processing and wholesaling.”
Wendy and Faron welcome farm sales by appointment. Depending on the season, they attend the Les Cheneaux Artisans & Farmers Market on Sundays at the Hessel School House in Hessel, and the Sault Ste. Marie Farmers Market on Wednesdays.
Wallace Family Farms
7538 West M48, Rudyard, MI 49780
(906) 322-2285 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric and Penny Wallis grew up on the land they now farm. They raise Polypay sheep, using regenerative, land healing practices. Visit their web site for some intriguing facts.
13453 S. Riverside Drive, Dafter, MI 49724
James and Jamie Taylor have owned and operated their 100-acre farm since 2015, specializing in breeding and raising 4-H hogs, cattle, lambs, goats, rabbits, and poultry. They sell produce and honey as well.
Ski Country Farms
2281 West 7-Mile Rd., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Greg’s and Carolyn’s first experience in hoop house growing was with a lightweight 10×20 house for starting plants in early spring. In 2010, they began selling their vegetables at the Sault Ste. Marie Farmers Market, setting up a table and rapidly selling out.
“From the very beginning, we have used only healthy, sustainable methods – no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. We’ve expanded our operation every year since then, keeping the emphasis on naturally grown, high-quality produce. In 2018, we achieved USDA certified organic status (certified by NICS).”
They now have two large hoop houses and are urging people to feel free to contact them about visiting their farm to see how really good food is grown!
Circle K Ranch
8596 West 19-Mile Rd., Rudyard, MI 49780
(906) 478-7531 email: email@example.com
Orv and Sue Kabat have been raising grass-fed, hormone-free American bison and Highland cattle since 1988, supplying LCCS since we first opened in 2014. Their bison burger always wins raves. Visit their web site and Facebook page to see some great photos. Circle K Ranch sells wholesale and retail..
Other Dedicated Suppliers
- 25525 S. Angora Road, Goetzville, Michigan, 49736
- (906) 297-2120
Prentiss Bay Victory Garden
- 31399 S. Prentiss Bay Road, Goetzville, Michigan, 49736
King’s Fish Market
- 4035 M-123, Moran, Michigan, 49760
- (906) 643-1068
Les Cheneaux Distillers
- 172 S Meridian St, Cedarville, MI 49719
- (906) 484-1213
Five Sisters Farms (produce)
- 770 Morrison Rd., Ubly, MI 48475
School House Farms (produce)
- Jim & Jackey Rogers – 4523 School House Rd., Moran, MI 49760
Mackinac Bluffs Maple Syrup