Culinary Arts

Description:

The Culinary Arts program is designed to prepare students for immediate entry into the exciting world of culinary professionals. You will learn the tools to be successful in a commercial kitchen from sanitation, kitchen basics, nutrition, knife skills and more. The program also covers dining room service including waitressing, meal, table and customer service through the use of a live cafe. You will also learn the base from which you can branch out into writing a food blog or restaurant and product reviews; become a food photographer or salesperson. Students learn the basics of entrepreneurship in developing menus and playing with recipes and marketing strategies, so you can open your own business. 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.


Curriculum:

Preparing for a Successful Career

Kitchen Basics

Food Service Equipment

Sanitation

Preparing & Serving Safe Food

Preventing Accidents & Injuries

Nutrition

DMIT Tourism & Retail

Lodging Industry

Art of Service

Successful Customer Relations

Marketing & Menu

Controlling Food Services Cost & Business Math

Purchasing & Inventory Control

Breakfast Foods & Sandwiches, Salads & Garnishes, Fruits & Vegetables, Potatoes & Grains, Desserts & Baked Goods, Meat, Poultry, Seafood, Stocks, Soups, & Sauces


Textbooks:

Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts

Introduction to Culinary Arts


National Standards:

National Restaurant Association

American Culinary Association


Certifications:

NOCTI: National Occupational Competency Testing Institute

ServSafe


College Credit:

Southern Maine Community College

CULA 100- Introduction to Culinary Arts (3 credits)


Suggested Integrated Academic Credit:

Career Prep

Fine Arts

Math

Science


Is This Program A Fit?

I enjoy...

‣ Learning about different cultures and their food

‣ Working with food

‣ Working with people and customer service

‣ Working under pressure

I am able to...

‣ Communicate- speaking with customers and maintaining polite professional relationships

‣ Follow Directions- follow recipes and directions of the Chef

‣  Pay Attention to Detail- be precise in ordering food products, measuring the ingredients or figuring out what time to cook certain food items

‣ Perform Technical Skills- use a wide range of tools and dangerous equipment safely

I am comfortable with...

‣ Math- measurements and arithmetic skills including fractions, decimals, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

‣ Reading- interacting with technical texts

‣ Writing- composing essays, news articles, and other written communication.