Gourmet Cooking Certificate

Certificate 3-7 mo

Gourmet cooking

If you love cooking and want to learn more about preparing and serving exceptional meals, our online Gourmet Cooking Certificate can help you take your culinary skills to the next level! Through online cooking classes, you'll learn how to make gourmet dishes from home, around your schedule. 

  • Learn to create gourmet dishes like chateaubriand, striped sea bass, and sesame shiitake noodles.
  • Online cooking courses cover how to create stocks, sauces, and soups, baking and pastry, breakfast, garde manger, and world cuisines.
  • Gain hands-on experience throughout the program by completing online food labs to apply what you learn to real-world recipes.
  • Graduates of the certificate program are eligible to sit for the National Restaurant Association (NRA) ServSafe Food Handler certification exam.
Self Paced

Save up to $150 Ends 10/26/2021

Cost of Program


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$50/month, Start for as low as $39

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What You Will Learn

  1. How to select the proper buffet setup for different situations and specific techniques for garnishing and presenting individual dishes.
  2. How to use a variety of preparation and cooking techniques, including cutting techniques such as julienne and chiffonade, and cooking methods such as braising, parboiling, and stir-frying.
  3. How to prepare a variety of dishes properly, including fish, poultry, and beef, as well as utilizing the best cooking technique for each.
  4. How to prepare ingredients and create a variety of popular gourmet meals and world cuisines.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Gourmet Cooking Career Outcomes

Our Gourmet Cooking Certificate Program is an online cooking class that teaches you skills to create delicious and memorable dishes. Whether you want to learn to cook professionally or in your own kitchen for friends and family, you can study cooking essentials without the need to commute to a culinary school. It's important to note, however, that the completion of a certificate-level program alone may not qualify you for employment in the field and additional education, training, or certification may be required.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Gourmet Cooking Success Stories

Penn Foster’s Gourmet Cooking Certificate Program can help prepare you to refine your culinary skills. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Angel H.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2021

"[Penn Foster] is affordable, flexible, and you can work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home."

Online Cooking Course Curriculum

  • 8 Courses
  • 28.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 18 Exams

As part of our Gourmet Cooking course curriculum, you'll learn the fundamental skills to excel at cooking and presenting excellent meals for family and friends. Your courses include:

  • Gourmet Cooking: Stocks, Sauces, and Soups
  • Gourmet Cooking: Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs
  • Gourmet Cooking: Poultry and Game
  • Gourmet Cooking: Baking and Pastry

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Gourmet Cooking Program Tuition

Take the first steps toward a new career with our online Gourmet Cooking Certificate Program. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today! 

Option 1: Pay in full

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Our Proven Gourmet Cooking Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides 
  • Self-check quizzes 
  • Simulations and videos 


  • 24/7 access to online resources 
  • Online Student Community 
  • Student Portal Help Center


  • Expert faculty 
  • Dedicated student services 
  • Robust learning resources 

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What types of careers can I begin with a gourmet cooking certificate?

A certificate level program in gourmet cooking can help you learn culinary basics or take the skills you have to the next level. However, a certificate alone won't necessarily qualify you for a job as a chef or cook in a restaurant. Combined with additional education, credentials, or work experience, you could potentially qualify for jobs like line cook, professional chef, or roles in catering and food service.

Is a culinary certificate worth it?

Learning to cook well can be beneficial for many reasons, meaning that earning a culinary certificate can definitely be worth the time! Whether you want to learn how to prepare more meals at home so you can avoid take-out every night, or you want to impress family and friends with your culinary skills, gourmet cooking classes can help you take the first step. 

What is the average salary for a chef?

The average chef salary in the United States was $48,868 per year as of May 27, 2021 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, according to Salary.com, the salary range typically falls between $39,787 and $60,977.1 Salary can vary based on experience, where you work, and what kind of chef you are. It's important to note that, to become a chef, you may need more culinary education and experience than offered in a certificate level program and many chefs initially start their careers as line cooks, sous chefs, or in other assistant kitchen roles.

What is the career outlook for the restaurant industry?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment in the restaurant industry is predicted to grow 10% by 2029, adding about 1,065,300 openings for food and beverage serving and related workers each year.2


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1 Salary. "Chef Salary in the United States." Salary.com Accessed June 8, 2021.
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed June 8, 2021.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.