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.
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.
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.
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.
ServSafe Food Handler Certification - Testing is required and fees apply.
CPR/AED Professional Rescuer Certification - Testing is required and fees apply.
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.
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.
Culinary Arts Certification (Pre-PAC) - Testing is required. Qualifies for THD.