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Culinary Arts

Life Sciences & Services Academy

  • Health, Hospitality, & Human Services Pathway

Program Description

The Culinary Arts & Hospitality career major focuses on providing students with a comprehensive education and training in cooking, baking, guest services, and management. The centerpiece of the program is The District Restaurant. The student-operated, 75-seat upscale casual restaurant is open to the public. Students also operate a quick-serve café and bakery counter and the Paul Revere Conference Room, which is often rented by outside organizations for conferences and business meetings.

Since 2021, the Culinary/Hospitality team have operated a weekly take-out program called the Soup Group. Customers place orders for soups and bakery items online and pick their orders up curbside. In addition, students prepare hundreds of meals a month through a collaboration with Food Link MA to provide meals to people who are food insecure.

Course Content

  • Customer Relations
  • Preparing and Serving Food
  • Kitchen Basics
  • Nutrition
  • Breakfast Foods and Sandwiches
  • Salads and Garnishes
  • Desserts and Baked Goods
  • Purchasing and Inventory Control: Meat, Poultry and Seafood
  • Stocks, Soups and Sauces
  • Potatoes and Grains
  • Sanitation and Service ServSafe
  • Dining Room Procedures
  • Restaurant and Service
  • Business Planning
  • Work Study/Co-Op
Students in the Culinary Arts program prepare desserts for The District Resturant

Career Tree: Culinary Arts

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First page of the PDF file: CulinaryArtsCareerTree2019

Culinary Arts Instructors

Daniel Charbonneau

Instructor-Culinary Arts, Baking & Hospitality

Anita Currier

Instructor-Culinary Arts, Baking & Hospitality, Peer Leader Advisor

Martin McElhinney

Instructor-Culinary Arts, Baking & Hospitality, BBQ Club Advisor, Gourmet Club Advisor
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Industry Certifications

  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Safety
  • TIPS Alcohol Safety Certification
  • ServSafe
  • ProStart Certification

Possible Career Pathways

  • Chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Executive Chef
  • Food Research & Development
  • Food and Beverage Director
  • Preparation Cook
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Rounds Cook
  • Sales
  • Event Manager
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Guest Experience Specialist
Projected Salary


Massachusetts averages:

  • Sous Chef: $62,974/year
  • Food and Beverage Director: $68,947/year
  • Event Manager: $57,528/year

National average:

  • Chefs and Head Cooks: $50,160/year
  • Cooks: $29,120/year
Sources: Indeed.comU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
(Updated 1/24/23)

College Partners

  • Central Maine Community College
  • Holyoke Community College
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Newbury College

Advisory Committee Partners

  • Aramark at Fenway Park
  • Aunt Mary’s World Café
  • Blodgett
  • Burlington Marriott
  • Collarusso’s Bakery
  • Holiday Inn/Boxborough
  • LEXX
  • Meadow Green Nursing Center
  • Retibak
  • Stow Acres Country Club

Employers Hiring Minuteman Graduates

  • Blue Ginger
  • Café Escadrille
  • Collarusso’s Bakery
  • Culinary Institute of America (College)
  • Daniel Boulud Bistro
  • EMC Club
  • 51 Lincoln
  • Fenway Park
  • Food Network
  • Four Seasons Hotel
  • Ken’s Dressings
  • Meridian Hotel
  • Minuteman HS
  • Nashawtuc Country Club
  • NECI (College)
  • Panera Bread
  • Pinebrook Country Club
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotels
  • Roche Brothers
  • Sally Ann’s Bakery
  • Szechuan Garden
  • Verrill Farm