The Culinary Arts Program at Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center incorporates classroom theory with laboratory work to introduce students to, simulated, on the job training. A variety of training includes hot/cold food preparation, baking, cooking, cake decorating, table service, cashier training, receiving and storing of goods, restaurant record keeping, nutrition, safety, and sanitation. Basic instruction in the proper use of food service equipment is stressed, and safety/sanitation, as well as maintaining a neat and clean area at all times. Practical experience is provided through actual food preparation in the program's state of the art kitchen. Menu planning and cost estimation are emphasized as well as daily, weekly, and monthly planning procedures. The need for interested people in food preparation, serving and creating, is constantly on the increase. Food Service offers students the opportunity to practice and learn skills that will enable them to enter a wide range of food service occupations. Students can join the American Culinary Federation as a Junior Culinarian for 65 dollars a year. A junior culinarian is a high-school student between 16 and 18 years of age who is enrolled in a vocational program.
20% theory, classroom work, tests, and quizzes and 80% hands-on work
Algebra I & II, Geometry, Home Economics, College Prep English I-IV
*Industry & Skills Certifications:
Students who take a 3 day ServSafe training course offered here and pass the final exam will receive certification by the state. It is good for 5 years.
Active Listening, Controlled Precision, Decision Making, Manual Dexterity, Multi-Task, Use in Personal Protective Equipment due to open flame.
The cost for this shop includes a uniform, special shop shoes, a name tag, a basic cake decorating kit, and a hair net. Cake kits will be required for cake decorating. They can be purchased at Wal-Mart and craft stores for about 25 dollars.
Culinary Essentials, Professional Chef, Food For Fifty, Wilton Cake Decorating Wedding Cakes and Yearbooks
Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center
Ms. Parks – Culinary Arts Instructor
Phone Number – 724-925-3532 x. 1315
Office Hours: 7:15am to 8:00am
11:45am to 12:00pm
2:30pm to 2:45pm
Please leave a voicemail message outside of these times.
* Cost, if applicable, may be the responsibility of the Student.