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Culinary Arts


Instructor: Mr. Rich Rosensteel

Famous chefs like Emeril Lagasse, Guy Fieri and Anne Burrell probably all began at a school like CACTC. Whether you want to be a chef, work in a kitchen, own a restaurant or run a catering business, the culinary arts profession has many opportunities for you. The Culinary Arts program at CACTC provides students with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career or a college education in the field of Culinary Arts. Students work in a commercial kitchen, run a restaurant and cater banquets, which exposes the students to real-world experiences in the field of culinary arts. Students also learn about food ordering, food cost calculations, and health regulations.


Students in Culinary Arts learn:

  • Sanitation and food safety
  • Knife skills and cutting techniques.
  • Fundamentals of baking and bread baking
  • Fundamentals of sauce and stocks
  • Classic cooking methods
  • Intro to molecular gastronomy
  • Intro to nutrition & healthy cooking lifestyles
  • Restaurant management and front of the house training
  • Domestic & international cuisine
  • Institutional food preparation
  • Cake decorating and pastry arts
  • Intro to butchery, the art of sausage making and smoking meats
  • Intro to food sustainability and responsible cooking
  • Foundations of gastronomy
  • Fundamentals of working on a hot line
  • Quantity foods and the art of banquet style preparation
  • Introduction to seafood preparation

 Industry Certifications a Student may earn:

  • OSHA
  • ServSafe Certification

  Employment Opportunities upon Completion of the Program:

  • Food Prep/Cooks Helper
  • Restaurant Cook/Chef Apprentice
  • Waiter/Waitress

 Employment Opportunities with further Education and Training:

  • Executive Chef
  • Caterer
  • Cuisine Specialty Chef
  • Dietician
  • Food Service Director
  • Food Sales
  • Restaurant Manager

 Post-Secondary Options:

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