Culinary Arts

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Culinary Arts is a broad-based program. It goes beyond cooking and baking to calculating costs, creating menus, and providing excellent customer service. To be prepared, focus on doing well in math classes and developing a good work ethic. To increase your chances of being admitted to the college of your choice, work toward an Academic Honors Diploma or a Technical Honors Diploma.

Course Instructor: Lou Nell Richardson

A Typical Student in Culinary Arts:

The typical student is one that enjoys hands-on learning and has solid math skills to be successful. There is a significant emphasis on measurement, conversions, and cost calculation at the beginning of the first-year program. These skills are emphasized and expanded through the second year of the program and are necessary for further training and a career in the culinary industry. Successful students have the creativity, patience and attention to detail to solve problems using the skills they have learned. They can work on projects independently or with other students. They understand time management as it relates to the back and front of house operations and can stay on task without constant supervision. Safety is a primary focus, and students must follow the procedures to keep themselves and customers safe. Good communication skills are necessary to work well with other students and with customers. Students are often asked to introduce themselves and the menu at catering events.

In the Past 5 Years

  • Students won the past 2 Taste of Henry County Chamber of Commerce events
  • Students have catered team meals, fundraiser lunches, meetings, and retreats
  • Students have gone on to attend Vincennes, The Art Institute, Johnson & Wales, The Chef’s Academy, Ivy Tech, Sullivan, & Ball State

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  • Culinary Arts I

    Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management

    A variety of opportunities and experiences are used to expose students to the areas of culinary arts and hospitality management.  Students gain experience in food safety and personal hygiene; sanitation and safety; regulations, procedures, and emergencies; basic culinary skills; culinary math; food preparation techniques; menu planning; food cost; use of tools and equipment; and serving.  Students showcase their skills when preparing and serving food for events and functions throughout the school year.  Students completing this program may continue their education in 2 and 4-year postsecondary degree programs or gain employment in a variety of food service occupations.

    Dual College Credits:

    HOSP 101 Sanitation & First Aid - Ivy Tech 2 credits - Testing is required. Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.

    HOSP 102 Basic Food Theory and Skills - Ivy Tech 3 credits - Testing is required.  Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.

    Industry Certifications:

    ServSafe Food Handler Certification - Testing is required and fees apply.

    CPR/AED Professional Rescuer Certification - Testing is required and fees apply.


    How to prepare

    The following courses will help prepare students for the Culinary Arts career program, college, and a career in the culinary industry. These courses are not required but are recommended if available.

    • Introduction to Culinary Arts
    • Algebra I
    • Nutrition and Wellness 
    • Art
    • Other FACS Classes

    What You Will Learn

    • Learn professional food preparation
    • Study menu planning and food cost
    • Cater meetings and events
    • Work in a commercial kitchen
    • Earn dual credit and ServSafe certification

    Course Information

    • Number of High School Credits: 6
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Eligible Grade Levels: 11, 12
    • New Castle High School
    • Required Cost: Approximately $180.00 Covers: Uniforms, personal culinary tools, ServSafe Certification, CPR Certification.
  • Culinary Arts II

    Advanced Culinary Arts

    In Advanced Culinary Arts students are assigned more complex, independent projects and lead work teams. Team leaders help develop recipes and menus and work with clients on catering events. Students showcase their skills when preparing and serving food for events and functions throughout the school year. Students completing this program may continue their education in 2 and 4-year postsecondary degree programs or gain employment in a variety of food service occupations.

    Industry Certifications:

    Culinary Arts Certification (Pre-PAC) - Testing is required. Qualifies for THD.

    What You Will Learn

    • Learn professional food preparation
    • Study menu planning and food cost
    • Cater meetings and events
    • Work in a commercial kitchen
    • Earn dual credit and Pre-PAC Certification

    Course Information

    • Number of High School Credits: 6
    • Prerequisites: Culinary Arts I - Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management
    • Eligible Grade Levels: 12
    • New Castle High School
    • Required Cost: $0