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Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

Instructor: Paje Cross

The Culinary Arts program is a carefully designed curriculum intended to teach the students the fundamentals of cooking and to prepare them for a rewarding career in the foodservice industry. Throughout the two-year curriculum, the students are taught culinary principles covering the how and why of cooking. The curriculum is a daily practical experience with the students cooking 80% of the time. Students prepare evening receptions, buffets, and serve luncheons and dinners during the school year. The intent of the course is to prepare the students to immediately seek employment or continue on to higher education upon graduation.

Recommended Skills to Posses: 

  • Ability to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds. 

  • Be able to read and follow directions. 

  • Be task-driven.

  • Understand sanitation work habits and exhibit the behavior is absolutely required.

  • Demonstrate time management and organizational skills. 

  • Be able to work well with a wide variety of people. 

  • Be able to accept constructive criticism.

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