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Food Service and Culinary Arts Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
Students will be trained for career opportunities in the food services/culinary arts industry.

You Will Learn
  • Employment skills required in the food service industry.
  • The importance of human relations and customer service.
  • How to use and maintain commercial food service equipment.
  • Sanitation and safety.
  • Identification and practice of food production.
  • Quantity food preparation as it relates to catering, bakery, restaurant, hospitality, and fast food business operations.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Food Service and Culinary Arts - PDF

Industry Certification
Earn industry certification in this Pathway.
-Food Services and Culinary Arts Certification - PDF

  • Prostart

Student Leadership Organization
FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) is the Student Leadership Organization for Family and Consumer Sciences. FCCLA provides students with opportunities to attain knowledge skills, and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in life, as well as promoting personal growth and leadership.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Baker
  • Butcher/Meat Cutter
  • Caterer
  • Chef/Head Cook
  • Chocolatier
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
  • Food Service Director
  • Food Service Manager
  • Food Stylist
  • Pastry Chef
Workforce Trends
Chefs, cooks, and food preparation workers held nearly 3.1 million jobs in 2006.

Job openings for chefs, cooks, and food preparation workers are expected to be plentiful through 2016; however, competition should be fierce for jobs in the top kitchens of higher-end restaurants.

Employment growth will be spurred by increases in population, household income, and leisure time that will allow people to more often dine out and take vacations.

Source: Choices and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition

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