Culinary Arts Program

  • Program description:
    The Culinary Arts Program is designed to prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills required for food production and service occupations. Students completing this program will possess the technical knowledge and skills required for planning, selecting, storing, purchasing, preparing, and serving quality food products. Additional studies include nutrition values, safety and sanitation procedures, use of commercial equipment, serving techniques, special diets and management of food establishments.


    The sequence of courses:

    • Year 1 – Culinary Arts 1-2
    • Year 2 – Culinary Arts 3-4

    Optional courses beyond sequence:

    • Culinary Arts 5-6
    • Culinary Arts 7-8
    • Advanced Culinary Lab
    • Advanced Culinary Arts Studies

    CTSO: FCCLA or SkillsUSA

    Students have an opportunity to get involved in Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), a Career and Technical Education Student Organization where students learn leadership, personal development, and teamwork skills for careers in culinary arts.

    Industry certification:

    In Culinary Arts 1-2, students are provided the opportunity to take the Arizona Food Handlers Card course, as a part of their Safety & Sanitation Unit of study. Upon successfully passing the Arizona Food Handlers Test the students will obtain their Arizona Food Handlers Card.

    In Culinary Arts 3-4, students are provided the opportunity to take the National Restaurant Association ServSafe Managers course after completing the ServSafe Managers course. Upon successfully passing the ServSafe test the students will obtain their ServSafe Manager Certification.

    Related careers:

    The Career Pathways for Culinary Arts is Social/Human Services. Occupations in this Career Pathway are related to hospitality, personal and customer services, social services, education, legal services, and protective services. These may include education, law enforcement, social service, or culinary arts.

    Post-Secondary pathways:

    Arizona Culinary Institute

    Art Institute of Phoenix

    Scottsdale Culinary Institute 

    East Valley Institute of Technology


    Culinary Arts Program Lead Contact:

    Deb Abley