This four-year Culinary Arts and Baking program begins with an exploratory rotation. Once the student has declared Culinary Arts as their shop of choice the student is exposed to both theory and practical applications of the trade. These are obtained through a rotation of the three areas (Skyline Bistro, Main Street Café, kitchen, and Bakeshop). In each area students are instructed in the proper handling, preparation, cooking, and presentation of food. Skills are obtained through real life operations of the Skyline Bistro (open to the public), Main Street Café by Worcester Technical teachers and public), and Conference Center. Students are encouraged to bring new ideas and techniques to class in order to assist classmates and instructors with current trends in the industry. The goal of the department is to train qualified food service industry employees with the use of equipment, utensils and proper techniques. In addition to acquiring trade skills, high academic skills (reading, writing, math, communication) are strongly encouraged.
Culinary Arts 10Course Numbers: 11127 (4.00)(C)
Culinary Arts Grade 10: In this course, students will be mentored by upperclassmen as they perform operations in the bakery, restaurant, and function kitchens. Students will also perform customer service in the coffee shop and café.
Culinary Arts 11Course Numbers: 11128 (4.00)(C)
Culinary Arts Grade 11: In this course, students will be responsible for running the following stations: salad/sandwich; fry; sautee; grill; sanitation; and bakery, with the assistance of underclassmen.
Culinary Arts 12Course Numbers: 11129 (4.00)(C)
Culinary Arts Grade 12: In this course, students will participate in a co-operative education or internship placement in a food service location where they will refine their culinary skills.
Culinary Arts 9Course Numbers: 11126 (1.50)(C)
Culinary Arts Grade 9: In this course, students will become familiar with equipment safety and sanitation in the shop area and will the learn the basics of the bakery, restaurant, and function kitchens.
Culinary Arts ICourse Numbers: 7163 (1.00)(C)
Culinary Arts I: In this course, students will gain knowledge of the multi-faceted world of food service. Students will explore careers in food service; safety and sanitation; tools and equipment; knife skills; recipe reading and measuring; and baking. Students will also rotate through a variety of stations as they plan, prepare, and serve lunch to staff. This course is a prerequisite for Culinary Arts II.
Culinary Arts IICourse Numbers: 7173 (1.00)(C)
Culinary Arts II: In this course, students will deepen the skills they acquired in Culinary Arts I by assuming greater responsibility for the operation of lunch service. They will also examine food principles including food costs; menu planning; table setting; plating; garnishing; and advanced baking. This course is a prerequisite for Culinary Arts III.
Culinary Arts IIICourse Numbers: 7593 (1.00)(C)
Culinary Arts III: In this course, students will continue to deepen the skills they acquired in the other Culinary Arts courses by assuming greater responsibility for the operation of lunch service. They will also continue to examine food principles including food costs; menu planning; table setting; plating; garnishing; and advanced baking.
Cooperative Education and Internship Opportunities
All eligible students have the opportunity to participate in Cooperative Education and Internship experiences at a variety of approved learning sites across the city in their junior and/or senior year. While the requirements and specific opportunities vary from school to school, and program to program, the structured combination of classroom based education and practical work experience provides students with the skills necessary to comfortably navigate the world of work. Some of the internship and cooperative education opportunities students have experienced have been made possible by the following partnership/s:
- Crown Bakery
- Sole Proprietor
- Webster House
- UMASS Medical Cafeteria
- O’Connor’s Restaurant
- Beechwood Hotel
- Worcester Country Club
- Northwork’s Restaurant
- Papa Gino’s
- Food Stylist for photo shoots
- Sous Chef
- Bed and Breakfast
- Executive Chef
- Cooking School Instructor
- Line Cook