• Culinary Arts

    Create Your Flavor!
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    As more and more Americans are eating out, food preparation skills have become more in demand and a steady source of income for those working in the industry. The Career Center's Culinary Arts program teaches students how to prepare food in restaurants and other institutions from purchasing to preparation to presentation.

    In the Culinary Arts program, students learn to manage real kitchen challenges. Using institutional kitchen equipment in the Changing Scenes Restaurant, students learn how to cook food from scratch and serve it with style.


    Mondays are usually reserved for training and academics. The restaurant serves brunches or luncheons most days on a reservation basis.  Students learn about safety, recipe costing, food processing, purchasing, and the science behind food preparation.  Students can earn the nationally recognized ServSafe Food Protection Manager's Certification.  The class also takes field trips to restaurants and has cooking demonstrations from guest chefs.

    Culinary Arts students need good language skills and basic math skills, especially measuring and working with fractions, decimals, and percentages. Successful students are cooperative, enjoy hands-on food preparation, and are able to apply academic skills to restaurant management. After graduation, some students in the class may want to enter a culinary arts school or study hotel/restaurant operations.  Other students will want to enter the workforce in a challenging, yet rewarding industry.



     Changing Scenes Restaurant
    Open during the school year on selected weekdays.
    Call (517) 990-6601 for reservations.
    Delicious food, made from scratch, by Career Center students.


  • Instructor

    John Helmbreck
    (517) 990-6601 

    Nationwide: Almost all culinary colleges accept the ServSafe Certification offered in this class for sanitation and hygiene credits.  Please check with the college of your choice.