Culinary Arts

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The Culinary Arts program trains students that are serious about a career in the foodservice industry. Students learn about food preparation & safety, the pastry arts, and proper dining room service techniques through daily lab work. Students will participate in a variety of functions, banquets and outside catering events. Employment potential after graduation is excellent or it can better prepare students for post-secondary culinary education. Lesson plans coordinate with National Restaurant Association standards.

Students can be enrolled in the program for two years. Year one, level one is all about the basics of the foodservice industry. Year two, level two reinforces these basics while implementing critical thinking and leadership roles for these students.

Whether a student wants to ultimately own their own restaurant, have a food truck, become a inn keeper, work as a private yacht chef, start their own brewery, or be a hospital dietitian this program will help launch students in the right direction.

Qualities of a Successful Student:

  • Basic math skills especially with fractions, have average reading and writing skills
  • Basic knowledge of French vocabulary
  • Good attendance is a must, be self-motivated, the desire to pursue a career in the Foodservice Industry
  • Be able to stand for long periods of time, have the ability to work in individual and team settings, and have the ability to comprehend oral instruction
  • Good hygiene practices

Sample Wage Potential: CHEF (2018 O*Net estimates)

  • Maine: Median $48,780; Top 90% $75,440
  • National: Median $48,460; Top 90% $81,150

Certifications Offered:

  • ServSafe Foodhandler
  • ServSafe Manager
  • SkillsUSA/NOCTI

College Credit Opportunities:

  • Central Maine Community College
  • Culinary Institute of America
  • Eastern Maine Community College
  • Southern Maine Community College
  • Kennebec Valley Community College
  • York County Community College

Extracurricular Activities:

  • SkillsUSA competitions
  • ProStart team competitions
  • Community events

Instructor: Chef Heidi Parent,

Ed Tech: Val Arbour,