The Culinary Arts program prepares students for a career in one of today’s most exciting, fastest-growing industries. Among the program’s primary goals is to strengthen and enhance each student’s technical and interpersonal skills through a considerable amount of theory and practical knowledge of the culinary and hospitality industry. Students will have complete access to a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art kitchen facility where they experience a full-scale culinary operation. During the school year, the district frequently employs culinary students to prepare and serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts for functions held at the Career and Technical High School. Plus, students have the opportunity to compete in two exciting in-house culinary competitions with a chance to further compete at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia. Upon completion of the course, students can receive certification in ServSafe, a widely-recognized national food safety training program.
Career opportunities in the expanding culinary arts field are in abundance for ambitious graduates who possess both technical know-how and creativity. Through intensive instruction and access to the school’s state-of-the-art facilities, Career and Technical High School students are ready to meet the high demands of the food industry. Graduates of the Culinary Arts program can enter the job field as a cook, short order cook, baker’s assistant, caterer’s assistant, food server, or steward. The Culinary Arts program has articulation agreements with prestigious culinary arts schools through which students can enter college with advanced-placement credits via instruction received through SCVTS.
- Students can work on SCVTS-sponsored banquets and functions after school and get paid for their work
- Winners of the in-house culinary competitions are eligible to compete at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia for scholarships
- Access to a modern demonstration kitchen equipped with video and editing technology, allowing students to build a visual culinary portfolio
- Ability to earn a certification in ServSafe, which is recognized by more federal, state, and local health jurisdictions than any other food safety training program in the United States (At college, this same certification can cost up to a $1,000)