Culinary Arts

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CIP Code: 12.0508

Instructors: Chef Lou Sackett , and Chef Claire Dacko

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Program Overview

The Culinary Arts program prepares students for careers in today’s foodservice and hospitality industries. Successful graduates are ready for entry-level positions as prep cooks, line cooks, pastry cooks, cake decorators, or fine-dining restaurant servers, and can aspire to positions as chefs, pastry chefs, and restaurant managers.

Students learn safety, sanitation, knife skills, and culinary math. They prepare appetizers, salads, sandwiches, breakfast foods, stocks and soups, vegetables, meats, poultry, seafood, breads, cakes, pastries, and world cuisines. Advanced skills include dining room service, line cooking, menu and recipe development, and nutrition. Senior students operate the Carcajou Corner, our open-to-the-public, student-run restaurant.

DCTS Culinary Arts graduates are ready for immediate employment in restaurants, catering companies, institutional kitchens, or retail foodservice venues. Many choose to further their education through postsecondary training in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, or hospitality management.

Is this Career Right For You?

  • Do you have a passion for preparing delicious and attractive dishes that will impress restaurant guests?
  • Are you creative?
  • Do you like working as part of a team in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment?
  • Do you enjoy trying new foods?
  • Do you have good math and measuring skills?

Inside the Industry

Chefs $52,740
Foodservice Managers $56,440
Foodservice Supervisors $32,710
Institution & Cafeteria Cooks $28,980
Restaurant Cooks $25,920
Bakers $25,780
Servers $20,290


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Culinary Parent/Guardian Information

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 Possible Careers 

  • Prep Cook
  • Line Cook
  • Caterer
  • Restaurant Chef
  • Baker
  • Pastry Chef
  • Cake Decorator
  • Foodservice Retail Salesperson
  • Foodservice Purveyor Sales Representative
  • Restaurant Server
  • Restaurant Manager

 Potential Certifications 

  • National Restaurant Association ServSafe Manager Sanitation Certification or Food Handler Sanitation Certification
  • National Restaurant Association ServSafe Allergens Certification
  • American Culinary Federation Certified Fundamentals Cook
  • Pennsylvania Skills Certificate
  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Culinary) Safety Certification
  • CareerSafe Employability and Interviewing Skills Certification

Statewide Articulation Agreements