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Culinary Arts

Culinary students taking cookies out of a commericial ovenThe Culinary Arts program is designed to prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills required for food production and service occupations in institutional and commercial food establishments. Skills developed in this program include food identification, selection, and storage; safety and sanitation; personal hygiene; and use of commercial food equipment. Nutrition, special diets, and management of food establishments will also be addressed. (Each course is a year long divided into two semesters.)

*Students should choose two (2) or more year long courses offered in this program in order to complete a course sequence to be considered a Concentrator
Note: These are the courses that are offered for the current school year. However, classes and locations are based on student enrollment and subject to cancelation if they do not meet minimum participation requirements.

Culinary Arts 1-2
This course is an introduction to health and safety standards for food preparation including government regulation of food and nutrition. Food preparation and presentation techniques are practiced in authentic lab experiences emulating commercial food service operations.

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Location: Valley Vista High School

Culinary Arts 3-4
Students expand on professional skills used in the food service industry. In-depth culinary skills taught include Garde Manger, Saucier, front and back-of-the-house operations, cost v. profit, as well as restaurant and kitchen management in the fine dining environment. While enrolled in this course, students are encouraged to be active members in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

Prerequisite: Culinary Arts 1-2
Credit: 1
Grade: 10-12
Location: Valley Vista High School

Culinary Arts Baking and Pastry 5-6 Honors
This class is designed to provide additional classroom and lab experiences related to culinary operations. These real-world, authentic activities reinforce workplace skills necessary to master the culinary arts career and technical education program. Students will participate in authentic learning experiences in which they will provide a service to an organization or business.

Prerequisite: Culinary Arts 3-4
Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Location: Valley Vista High School

Culinary Arts Internship
This one-semester course will allow CTE students who have completed the program sequence to experience on-the-job training in a career path. Requirements include three weeks of classroom instruction in job preparation and application and 80 hours per semester of on the job field work. Artifacts include a complete portfolio, two employer evaluations, two instructor field evaluations, a final, written summary and reflection. Students must provide their own transportation to the internship site.

Prerequisite: Application
Credit: .5 /Repeatable
Grade: 12
Location: Valley Vista High School
Culinary Arts
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