Cooking Bootcamp

Ready for a job change or want to move up in the hospitality industry? Gain the skills needed with SOWELA's new Cooking Bootcamp.

The 120-hour program helps you build the skills and knowledgebase needed to earn two nationally recognized certifications:

  • The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute's (AHLEI) Certified Kitchen Cook
  • The National Restaurant Association's ServSafe Manager Certification

To apply, click on the button below. SOWELA is an open admissions college.

Once you receive your acceptance email, please complete your registration (opens new window). If you have not received your acceptance email within 24 hours, please call (337) 421-6560 or email to complete your registration.

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Training includes sanitation and safety; tools and equipment; menu planning and cost management; basic principles of cooking and food science; meat, poultry and fish cooking methods; understanding and cooking meats and game; cooking for vegetarian diets; food presentation and much more. You will also be exposed to the foundations of modern restaurant cooking, enabling you to refine your skills and build your culinary repertoire.

Upon successful completion of the program, you can apply for 9 hours of credit toward SOWELA's Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts.

Contact Information

Workforce Solutions

(337) 421-6560

Program Information

3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615
(337) 421-6565
(800) 256-0483

Mon-Thu: 7:45 AM to 4:15 PM
Friday: 7:45 AM to 12:00 PM
(337) 421-6550

SOWELA Technical Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:

Title IX Officer

Candy Parker

(337) 421-6510 or (800) 256-0483

3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

ADA Officer

Maegan Lewis

(337) 421-6952 or (800) 256-0483

3850 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

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