Culinary Arts


Students will learn about and practice food preparation, service and presentation of meals, quantity food production, bakeshop, table service, catering for community organizations, and cake decoration. These experiences will prepare students to enter the food service industry. Interest, natural ability and food skills are determining factors in the progress of the student. Students will practice basic knife skills and utilize a variety of professional tools. Students will learn the preparation of stocks, classical “Grande Sauces,” appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts. Safety and sanitation are emphasized. Included within this program are the National Restaurant Association’s ProStart® curriculum proficiencies for secondary education.

In order to develop a palate memory of flavors and textures, students are required to taste everything produced in class.   The only exception to this would be for religious reasons or a doctor confirmed allergy. 

Instructor: Stephen Ogden, Culinary Institute of America 2001 Graduate

 

 

Professional Licenses /Certifications

National Restaurant Association’s The Safe Food Handler in the first year
National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe Food Production Manager certification in second year

Skills/Knowledge Acquired

  • Proper safe kitchen procedure
  • Use and care of knives
  • Slicing, dicing, julienne
  • Basic butchery
  • Seafood processing
  • Mise en Place organization
  • Menu planning and development
  • Oral and written communication
  • Creativity and flavor pairing
  • Course Activities
  • Ordering, receiving and proper storage of food and related products
  • Menu planning
  • Preparation and cooking of a wide variety of foods
  • Proper sanitation practices

Course Activities

  • Ordering, receiving and proper storage of food and related products
  • Menu planning
  • Preparation and cooking of a wide variety of foods
  • Proper sanitation practices


Entry Level Career Opportunities

  • Chef’s assistant
  • Line cook
  • Baker’s assistant
  • Dining room server
  • Basic kitchen prep


Career Opportunities (with further education)

  • Chef
  • Baker
  • Restaurateur
  • Catering
  • Personal and private chef