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Culinary Arts

Program Description

In the Culinary Arts & Hospitality career major, our focus is the training of valued food service employees. The Culinary Arts & Baking program also provides entrepreneurial training in all aspects of cooking, baking, and hospitality. Students receive training in management, OSHA, ServSafe, sanitation, entrepreneurial skills, and related theory.

Students learn and work in The District Restaurant and Cafe, which offers in-person dining and a to-go counter for baked goods, sandwiches, salads, and more. Since 2021, the students have operated a weekly "Soup Group" program in which customers place orders for soups and desserts that are picked up on Thursdays. 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

First page of the PDF file: CulinaryArtsCareerTree2019

Industry Certifications

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

Possible Career Pathways

  • Back of the House Management Trainee
  • Baker/Pastry Chef
  • Baker’s Assistant
  • Chef
  • Chef’s Assistant
  • Executive Chef
  • Food Research & Development
  • Front of the House Management Trainee
  • Institutional Chef
  • Line Cook
  • Preparation Cook
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Rounds Cook
  • Sales
  • Sauté Cook

Starting Salary

Starting Salary

  • Earnings vary greatly by region and type of employer: $28,000-$70,000 annually

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Website: bls.gov/ooh

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