The Culinary Arts program prepares students for success in the food service and hospitality industry. Students are taught food preparation, dining service, inventory control, safety, and sanitation. Students also learn nutrition, healthy cooking, equipment identification, use of hand tools, and culinary vocabulary. Students prepare soups and sauces, breakfast entrées, sandwich production, pies, cakes, yeast-raised products, entrée preparation, international dishes, vegetable preparation, garnishing, salads, and dressings. Students may seek immediate employment, enter an apprentice program or continue culinary or management studies at the postsecondary level. Culinary Arts is a creative program for students to learn teamwork, different techniques, and preparation skills. Students learn safety and sanitation efficiency as well as hospitality services.
Industry Certifications a Student May Earn
- Serve Safe Certification
Median Wage for Related Occupations
- Supervisors - Food Preparation & Serving Workers $43,900
- Cooks, Institution & Cafeteria $30,830
- Restaurant Cook $27,440
- Cooks, Short Order $29,700
- Head Chef $57,500
College Credit Opportunities
- Montgomery County Community College-Central Campus, Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg, Community College of Allegheny County, Westmoreland County Community College, Delaware County Community College, Luzerne County Community College, Community College of Philadelphia, SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Community College of Beaver County, Lackawanna College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Allegany College of Maryland and Commonwealth Technical Institute.
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- Culinary Institute of America, Walnut Hill College (Restaurant School) and Saint Francis University.