In the United States alone, the hospitality industry employs more than 1.5 million people full and part-time. The hospitality and tourism industry is the largest and fastest growing industry in the world. Culinary Arts is an ever-expanding and evolving food industry, full of excitement, action, and interesting people. This pathway is designed to give students a working knowledge of many different segments of the food-service industry. The emphasis is on a hands-on learning environment in a small class setting. Students learn basic knife skills, safety and sanitation, hygiene and basic equipment maintenance to achieve a basic proficiency in standard cooking techniques.
Advanced students acquire more sophisticated skills as they explore the finer points of the culinary arts. The pathway is comprised of Culinary Fundamentals, Catering and Food Service, and Advanced Culinary Arts. The classes regularly make food for students and staff and catered events such as Thanksgiving and Open House for the school community.