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Culinary Arts

Program Concentration: Culinary Arts What It's About

Culinary Arts is a growing program in our schools across Georgia. This program is designed for those wanting to learn the “art” of cooking and for those wanting to continue in the Arts field in any of the many diverse opportunities: Sous Chef, Pastry Chef, Kitchen manager, Garde Manger, Banquet Chef, or a Restaurant Entrepreneur.

Why It's Important

Opportunities in the Culinary field are high in demand, wages and skills. Individuals in this field gain knowledge in diet, nutrition, food preparation, cost and budgets, and the science of food. As society looks for more convenience, this increases the demand of dining establishments and skillful individuals to work there.

Curriculum Development/Articulation:

The Culinary Arts curriculum is based on American Culinary Federation Standards, and does have articulations with Technical Colleges in Georgia, as well as many of the finest Culinary Arts schools in the nation. A complete list may be found in the resource section.

The Introduction course introduces students to fundamental preparation terms, concepts, and methods in Culinary Arts where laboratory practice parallels class work. There is emphasis on basic kitchen and dining room safety, sanitation, equipment maintenance and operation procedures. The course also provides an overview of the professionalism in the industry and career opportunities leading into a career pathway in Culinary Arts.

The two Culinary Arts courses build on the techniques and skills learned in the Introductory course as students begin to gain in-depth knowledge and hands on skill mastery. Strong importance is given to refining hands on production of the classic fundamentals in the commercial kitchen.

Work-Based Learning:

Classroom instruction and hands on lab experiences are only a portion of a student’s experience in this program. Numerous work based activities are available: guest speakers, job shadowing, career fairs, and internships, to name a few.

Industry Certification:

Schools have an opportunity to have their program certified by a leading partner in the industry, the American Culinary Federation.

ACFEF Secondary Certification Inquiry Packet
Certified Junior Culinarian Secondary Culinary Graduate NOCTI
ACF Membership Application
CCC Requirements on ACF web site
ACF Guide to Certification

Web Resources
Georgia FCCLA
National FCCLA
Georgia FFA/FCCLA Camp
Meadowcreek High School Culinary Team
Superfoods GACTE 2010 presentation