• Course Description:

    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.

    Skills Learned:

    Some of the skills a student will be able to perform are basic culinary/pastry techniques, safe operation of tools and equipment, sanitation procedures, identification of tools & equipment, menu planning, pricing, baking, restaurant management, pastry making, cake decorating, soups and salads, meat cookery, banquet techniques, waitress and waiter techniques, ordering, issuing, and receiving of materials, as well as an overall career awareness.

    Related Occupations and Earnings:

    Related occupations include Shift Supervisor, Baker, Server, Banquet Server, Host/Hostess, Waiter/Waitress, Cake Decorator, Restaurant Assistant Manager, Line Cook, Dietary Aide, Cafeteria Worker, Bakery’s Assistant, Bakery Clerk, Dishwasher, Grill Cook and Cashier. Earnings range between $11-$19/hour.

    Post-Secondary Opportunities:

    Furthered education can be obtained at institutes such as Johnson and Wales University, IUP, WCCC, Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Culinary Connecticut, The International Culinary Schools at the Art Institute, The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, Pennsylvania Culinary Institute (PCI) and Le Cordon Bleu Schools.

    Grading Procedures:
    20% theory, classroom work, tests, and quizzes and 80% hands-on work

    Suggested Prerequisites:
    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.

    Student Requirements:
    Active Listening, Controlled Precision, Decision Making, Manual Dexterity, Multi-Task, Use in Personal Protective Equipment due to open flame.

    Student Costs:
    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.

    Text Book:

    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.