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Culinary Arts

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Hospitality & Tourism career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Hospitality & Tourism career cluster.

The content includes but is not limited to all aspects of preparation, presentation, and serving of food; leadership, communication skills, employability skills, and safe/efficient work practices are also covered. This coursework prepares students for employment in the food service/hospitality industry.

Students completing the Culinary Arts program are able to complete the Certified Food Protection Manager (ServSafe) industry certification examination, which is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Florida Statute 509.039 requires certification of all food service managers who are responsible for the storage, preparation, display, or serving foods to the public. ServSafe training covers critical principles including personal hygiene, cross contamination, time and temperature, receiving and storage, food safety management systems, training hourly employees, sanitation, the flow of food through the operation, and sanitary facilities and pest management. For more information, visit

Once students have completed the Certified Food Protection Manager (ServSafe) industry certification, they have the option of completing the National ProStart Certificate of Achievement, which is also sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) certification programs offer a professional credential achieved through completion of an in-depth course of study in the areas identified as crucial to performing a job. This may also include on-the job experience related to the course of study. For more information, visit

Program Structure

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of four occupational completion points.

The following table illustrates the secondary program structure:

OCP Course Number Course Title Length SOC Code Level Graduation Requirement
A 8800510 Culinary Arts 1 1 credit 35-2021 2 VO
B 8800520 Culinary Arts 2 1 credit 35-3021 2 PA
C 8800530 Culinary Arts 3 1 credit 35-2014 3 PA
D 8800540 Culinary Arts 4
1 credit 11-9051 3 VO
(Graduation Requirement Abbreviations- EQ= Equally Rigorous Science, PA= Practical Arts, EC= Economics, VO= Career and Technical Education)

Common Career Technical Core - Career Ready Practices

Career Ready Practices describe the career-ready skills that educators should seek to develop in their students. These practices are not exclusive to a Career Pathway, program of study, discipline or level of education. Career Ready Practices should be taught and reinforced in all career exploration and preparation programs with increasingly higher levels of complexity and expectation as a student advances through a program of study.

1. Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.

2. Apply appropriate academic and technical skills.

3. Attend to personal health and financial well-being.

4. Communicate clearly, effectively and with reason.

5. Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions.

6. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.

7. Employ valid and reliable research strategies.

8. Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

9. Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.

10. Plan education and career path aligned to personal goals.

11. Use technology to enhance productivity.

12. Work productively in teams while using cultural/global competence.

Program of Study (High School)

Course Title: Culinary Arts 1
Course Number: 8800510
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This course covers the history of the food service industry and careers in that industry. Also covered are safety in the workplace; employability skills; leadership/teamwork skills; care and use of commercial culinary equipment; basic food science; basic nutrition; and following recipes in food preparation labs.

Course Title: Culinary Arts 2
Course Number: 8800520
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

In this course students will learn state mandated guidelines for food service; how to attain food handler training certification; and perform front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house duties. Students will prepare quality food products and present them creatively; demonstrate safe, sanitary work procedures; understand food science principles related to cooking and baking; and utilize nutrition concepts when planning meals/menus.

Course Title: Culinary Arts 3
Course Number: 8800530
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

In this course the student will research career opportunities in professional cooking/baking; follow guidelines on food selection, purchasing, and storage; and use communication skills. Students will prepare and present a variety of advanced food products; create centerpieces; and research laws specific to the hospitality industry. Also covered are management skills; how to develop a business plan; and utilization of technology in the workplace. Students will be knowledgeable about food safety manager training/certification training programs that are acceptable in Florida.

Course Title: Culinary Arts 4
Course Number: 8800540
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

In this course students will prepare various meals and food products including those for individuals with various nutritional needs and/or dietary restrictions. The relationship between nutrition and wellness will be examined. Cost control techniques and profitability will be covered as well as analysis of food establishment menus. Students will also demonstrate basic financial literacy skills.