Culinary Arts and Baking

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.

Course Offerings

Culinary 11 Internship

Course Numbers: 5293 (0.50)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Culinary Arts 11 Internship: In this course, students will apply the technical knowledge and skills learned in Culinary Arts through cooperative education or internship placement. While applying their practical skills in real-world settings, students will become familiar with employment expectations and the soft skills necessary to succeed in the world of work.


Culinary 12 Intern II

Course Numbers: 5333 (2.00)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Culinary 12 Internship II: In this course, students will apply the technical knowledge and skills learned in Culinary Arts through cooperative education or internship placement. While applying their practical skills in real-world settings, students will become familiar with employment expectations and the soft skills necessary to succeed in the world of work.


Culinary 12 Intern Pt 1

Course Numbers: 5303 (0.50)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Culinary 12 Internship Part 1: In this course, students will apply the technical knowledge and skills learned in Culinary Arts through cooperative education or internship placement. While applying their practical skills in real-world settings, students will become familiar with employment expectations and the soft skills necessary to succeed in the world of work.


Culinary 12 Intern Pt 2

Course Numbers: 5313 (0.50)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Culinary 12 Internship Part 2: In this course, students will apply the technical knowledge and skills learned in Culinary Arts through cooperative education or internship placement. While applying their practical skills in real-world settings, students will become familiar with employment expectations and the soft skills necessary to succeed in the world of work.


Culinary 12 Internship I

Course Numbers: 5323 (1.00)(H)
Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Culinary 12 Internship I: In this course, students will apply the technical knowledge and skills learned in Culinary Arts through cooperative education or internship placement. While applying their practical skills in real-world settings, students will become familiar with employment expectations and the soft skills necessary to succeed in the world of work.


Culinary Arts 10

Course Numbers: 11127 (4.00)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Culinary Arts Fundamentals 10: In this course students continue their practical education in Culinary Arts by rotating through the eight stations (Customer Service, Bakeshop, Hot/Cold Lines, Expoditer, Function Prep, Cafe Prep, and Sanitation. In each of


Culinary Arts 11

Course Numbers: 11128 (4.00)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Advanced Culinary Arts Skills 11: In this course students begin to take more of a leadership role through their journey of their eight station rotation. Students learn how to set up stations, prepare ingredients for each station, and follow their assignme


Culinary Arts 12

Course Numbers: 11129 (4.00)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Advanced Culinary Arts Skills 12: In this course students are assigned to one of two tracks. Students have an opportunity to participate in cooperative education where instead of attending school they are employed in a local foodservice operation. Student


Culinary Arts 9

Course Numbers: 11126 (1.50)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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Introduction to Culinary Arts Fundamentals 9: In this course students after choosing Culinary Arts are rotated through the eight different stations to get an understanding of how the shop works and to build a relationship with the instructors. Students be


Culinary Arts I

Course Numbers: 7163 (1.00)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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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 II

Course Numbers: 7173 (2.00)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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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 III

Course Numbers: 7593 (2.00)(C)
Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)
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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

Career Opportunities

  • Chef
  • Baker
  • Food Stylist for photo shoots
  • Sous Chef
  • Caterer
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Executive Chef
  • Nutritionist
  • Cooking School Instructor
  • Line Cook
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