Course Description

Does food and creativity go together for you? Then Culinary Arts is a logical Millstream choice for you. Culinary Arts is a two-year program designed for students interested in the food service industry. The food service industry offers literally millions of opportunities for nurturing and developing your talents and emerging a leader. You will have a chance to use your creativity in developing your menu – financial savvy in controlling your profits and losses – marketing ideas for reaching your customers – management skills to lead a team to accomplish an objective and the scientific know-how that goes into preparing and serving food safely. Students gain experience in all aspects of food production and management via our student-operated restaurant The Cafe @ Millstream. In this program, you can earn college credit!


Level I ~ Lab 2 credits ~ Related 1 credit

  • Preparing for a Successful Career
  • Successful Customer Relations
  • Preparing and Serving Safe Food
  • Preventing Accidents and Injuries
  • Kitchen Basics
  • Commercial Food Service Equipment
  • Culinary Nutrition
  • Commercial Bake Shop Applications
  • Dairy, Eggs, and Cheese Cookery
  • Salads, Cold Platters, and Appetizers
  • Ethnic Cuisine


Level II ~ Lab 2 credits~ Related 1 credit

  • Food Safety and Sanitation
  • Career Exploration
  • The Art of Service and Customer Communications
  • Desserts and Baked Goods
  • Marketing and the Menu
  • Purchasing and Inventory Control
  • Meats, Poultry, and Seafood
  • Cereals, Rice, and Pasta
  • Stocks, Soups, and Sauces
  • Hot and Cold Sandwich Preparation
  • Food Production and Costing
  • Management Principles
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Career Portfolios

Suggested Courses

  • Family & Consumer Science Classes
  • Food & Nutrition Classes
The Cafe

Program Completion Incentives

  • Career Passport with documented skills
  • Prostart/National Certificate of Achievement
  • Tech Prep college credit potential
  • SERVSAFE Certification
The Cafe
Skills USA - Champions At Work

As a Culinary student, you will be a member of the SkillsUSA organization. SkillsUSA is a student-oriented organization designed to expand your citizenship, leadership, teamwork, and employability skills. As a member, you will be encouraged to participate in competitive events at the local, district, state, and national levels in both leadership and occupational skills.

In addition to SkillsUSA at Millstream Career Center, you may participate in many student activities at your home school such as music, sports, and club activities.

Service Opportunities

  • Host/Server
  • Cashier
  • Busser

Production Opportunities

  • Line/Prep Cook
  • Sous/Pastry Chef
  • Pantry Chef

Management Opportunities

  • Executive/Research Chef
  • Food Service/Catering Director
  • Dietitian
  • KitchenManager

School-Based Work Opportunities

Students in the Culinary Arts program gain practical experience planning, preparing, and providing customer service, several days a week in our student-operated restaurant, “The Cafe @ Millstream” as well as school and community catering opportunities.


Salary Information

Salary varies with the employer’s location, specialty, and type of restaurant or hotel. Nationally, the median wage for chefs is $23.30 per hour. Chefs generally earn higher wages than cooks. 

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018