Culinary Arts and Hospitality Studies, formerly known as the Hotel and Restaurant Department, was founded in 1936 by John and Hilda Watson Gifford. It was the first two-year hospitality program in the country and the first emphasizing the culinary arts. The department was first located in the basement of San Francisco’s Galileo High School with only 12 students. In 1955, the department relocated to Smith Hall at the Ocean campus. In 1963, with financial assistance from the Statler Foundation, Statler Wing was built adjacent to Smith Hall and again expanded in 1973. The Educated Palate restaurant at the original Downtown Campus opened in 1982 and was completely renovated in 2005.
Faculty and Staff
City College of San Francisco’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Studies faculty includes men and women from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds who have both real-world experience and top-notch academic backgrounds. Industry experts currently working in the San Francisco Bay Area also offer courses and frequently serve as guest lecturers.
Alice Statler Library
The CAHS department is home to the Alice Statler Library, a specialized library dedicated to culinary arts and hospitality studies. Located at the Ocean campus, it has an extensive cookbook collection, an archive of notable titles and a collection of historical menus. In addition to supporting CCSF students studying culinary arts, hospitality, and other food-related topics, the library is also a resource for local chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers and entrepreneurs in the industry.