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Culinary Arts

The restaurant industry is booming. Food preparation skills are in high demand. The Career Center’s Culinary Arts program prepares students for success in a number of different food service settings.

Students will learn the skills and action steps needed to manage real kitchen challenges. With the use of institutional kitchen equipment in the Changing Scenes Restaurant, students will prepare food from scratch and serve it in a casual dining setting. The restaurant often serves lunch throughout the school year, and caters for various JCISD events.

Students learn about safety, recipe costing, food processing, purchasing, and the science behind food preparation. There are often field trips to restaurants to observe cooking demonstrations from professional chefs.

This class will also prepare students for the ServSafe food protection manager certification exam. This nationally recognized certification articulates to most culinary colleges. Some students in the class may train to enter a fine culinary arts school, or study hotel/restaurant operation.

Not sure if you are a good fit for this program? Each program has a list of recommendations to follow when placing students in classes called "SUCCESS INDICATORS". Students do best when their characteristics align with these recommendations.

Success indicators for all programs

Potential Jobs

  • Sous chef
  • Pastry chef
  • Restaurant staff
  • Kitchen manager
  • Line cook

Potential Careers with Income

Career Credentials & Certifications

  • ServSafe Food Handler Safety
  • ServSafe Manager

*Nationwide, almost all culinary colleges accept the ServSafe Certification for sanitation & hygiene credits. Please check with the college of your choice. 

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