Culinary Arts

Course Description:

The students will gain the skills to effectively work in the hospitality industry. Instruction will focus on selecting, storing, preparing and serving food, waitstaff training, menu planning and basic nutrition. Food safety and sanitation and learning the proper techniques to use and care for commercial equipment will be taught as well . Throughout the course, students will receive an introduction to baking and pastry arts, to include cake decorating. Instruction and on the job training will occur in our industry equipped kitchen and restaurant type setting.

Skills Learned:

Some of the skills a student will be able to perform are basic culinary/pastry techniques, Line Cook, Knife Skills, safe operation of tools and equipment, Marketing, sanitation procedures, identification of tools & equipment, menu design planning, pricing, baking, restaurant management, pastry making, cake decorating, Sauces, soups and salads, meat cookery, banquet techniques, waitress and waiter techniques, ordering, issuing, and receiving of materials, as well as an overall career awareness. Receptionist duties, anatomy, related math and PA Culinary rules and regulations.

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, Line cook, Baker, Chef, Pastry Chef, Food Photographer, Food Writer, Food Blogger, Pantry Chef, Sous Chef. Earnings range between $11-$19/hour.

Post-Secondary Opportunities:

Articulated credits can be earned toward a College Degree at local universities and institutions. Click on the icon to see current Articulations.


Chef Pettis and Ms. Parks – Culinary Instructors
Phone Number – 724-925-3532 x. 1313 & 1315
Office Hours: 7:15am to 7:45am
2:30pm to 2:45pm
Please leave a voicemail message outside of these times.

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