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Culinary Arts

Students will learn the fundamentals of basic cookery and expand to creating gourmet foods, artistic presentations and become part of a team that creates a recipe for success in the hospitality industry. As more Americans are eating out, culinary careers continue to grow at a steady pace. The need for high level food preparation, event planning, management and leadership skills are in demand. Working in restaurants and other eateries are steady sources of employment.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Students in the LISD TECH Center’s Culinary Arts program learn to manage real-world kitchen challenges in a classroom that doubles as a commercial kitchen and is fully equipped with institutional cooking equipment. Cooking, baking, management, and safety and sanitation practices are the focus of the class. Students will learn to create recipes, prepare meals from scratch, perform basic daily kitchen operations including cost controls, inventory and ordering. Students are involved in planning and coordinating several events throughout the year and cater meals at the LISD TECH Center. This class helps develop leadership skills through these events as well as participation in several competitions.

TO BE SUCCESSFUL

Successful students work independently or as a team member. Having access to internet, good communication skills, motivation to move with a purpose and the ability to manage time effectively also are helpful skills. Students must have good attention to detail as well as high cleanliness and professional behavior standards.

INSTRUCTOR

Jake Graf, a former Blissfield and LISD TECH Center student, received a bachelor’s degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s degree from Western Michigan in Career and Technical Education. He brings a multitude of culinary arts and restaurant management experience into the classroom.

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RELATED CAREERS

Chef
Executive chef
Short-order cook
Line cook
Dishwasher
Restaurant Manager
Server

*Note: Additional education may be required.

CERTIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

ServSafe Sanitation and Safety
National Career Readiness Certificate
ProStart Certificate of Achievement
Precision Testing
ProStart Year 1 & 2

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT*

1.0 4th Math
1.0 Visual & Performing Arts
1.0 3rd Science requirement
1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts.

STUDENT ORGANIZATION

ProStart
DECA

COLLEGE CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES*

Baker College
Davenport University
Ferris State University
Jackson College
Sullivan University
Washtenaw Community College

*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the class.