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Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts program is designed to prepare students for entry level cooking positions in the hospitality industry. Graduates will also be ready to study culinary arts at the post secondary level. Over the course of two years, students will learn  personal and professional skills needed to be successful in commercial foodservice: kitchen sanitation, food safety, knife skills, cooking techniques, flavor theory, culinary math, basic food writing, and photography.  Every Friday, we open The Bistro which serves the student body and staff at PATHS. We also offer private catered luncheons and sometimes host meals in the evening for school-related functions. On Wednesdays, we invite industry leaders to come speak and/or work with us in the kitchen.
Students who complete the program can further their education or enter into the workforce as a prep cook, baker, restaurant manager, food buyer, restaurant reviewer and more.

Is this program a fit?

I enjoy:

  • Working with food and tasting new things

  • Working as part of a team and taking care of guests

  • Working under pressure and cleaning



I am able to:

  • Communicate - Maintain polite, professional relationships with my peers and my instructors

  • Pay Attention to Detail & Follow Direction - Focus and pay attention to details especially when following a multi-step recipe

  • Perform Technical Skills - Build proficiency with kitchen equipment and kitchen safety; and use a wide range of tools and dangerous equipment safely

  • Meet Industry Requirements-  Stand, cook, and clean for two hour intervals, lift twenty-five pounds. Wear a work uniform and follow industry dress code including no jewelry, no artificial nails, and a head covering. 

I am comfortable with:

  • Math - Fractions, percentages, addition, subtraction, decimals, multiplication, division and kitchen measuring conversions

  • Reading - interacting with technical texts, learning culinary techniques: Following a recipe, understanding a prep list and weekly assignments

  • Writing - proper grammar for class assignments, culinary reviews, and learning how to write internet content