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Culinary Arts

Student in Kitchen

Culinary Arts is designed to prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills required for food production and service occupations in commercial food service establishments. Students completing the Culinary Arts program will possess the technical knowledge and skills required for planning, selecting, storing, purchasing, preparing, and serving quality food products. Nutritive values, safety and sanitation procedures, use of commercial equipment, serving techniques, and management of food establishments will also be studied. In addition to technical skills, students completing the Culinary Arts program will develop advanced critical thinking, applied academic, career development, life and employability skills, business, economic, and leadership skills required for culinary arts occupations.

Program Standards  
The Culinary Arts program is available at:


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Program Details
Year 1 - Culinary Arts 1-2
Year 2 - Culinary Arts 3-4
Year 3 - Culinary Arts Baking and Pastry 5-6 Honors
Year 4 - Culinary Arts Internship

Career Certification

ServSafe Manager, Food Handlers Card

FCCLA’s mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.


Average Annual Wage - $53,380

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Career Opportunities

  • ​Restaurant Management
  • Line Cook/Prep Cook
  • Steward
  • Front of House Staff
  • Chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Executive Chef

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