Pathfinder Tech

Culinary Arts

SKILLS ACQUIRED AT EACH GRADE LEVEL

Grade 9

  • ServSafe food handler/Allergens
  • Introduction to the industry
  • Career Opportunities
  • Professional Expectations
  • Communication skills
  • Beginning your career
  • Introduction to food safety
  • Hygiene and cleanliness
  • The safe flow of food
  • Risk management
  • Work place safety procedures

Grade 10

  • Food service equipment, knives and small ware 
  • Kitchen basics
  • Culinary math
  • Salads and salad dressings
  • Sandwiches and pizza
  • Stocks, soups and sauces
  • Cooking methods
  • Introduction to bakery
  • Principles of great service
  • Front of the house basics
  • Introduction to management

Grade 11

  • Introduction to marketing
  • Menu management
  • ServSafe
  • Eggs and dairy products
  • Breakfast cookery
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Potatoes, grains and pasta
  • Introduction to cost control
  • Food/labor costing
  • Purchasing
  • Building successful teams

Grade 12

  • Sustainability 
  • Introduction to nutrition
  • Components of healthful menus
  • Meats
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Yeast breads
  • Cakes and breads
  • Desserts
  • Plating and garnishing

Culinary arts

The Culinary Arts Program is a ProStart/ACFEF certified program designed to provide the students with a strong culinary foundation and practical skills necessary to succeed in the Food Service Industry. Graduates will acquire documented proficiencies in front of the house and back of the house activities. This program prepares students for a wide variety of entry-level positions in the Food Service Industry.

NOTEWORTHY PROJECTS
  • Holiday buffet
  • Gingerbread house 
  • Ice carving
  • Catered events
OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED CREDENTIALS
  • Food Handler certification
  • OSHA 10
  • ServSafe manager certification
  • Allergen certification
  • Certified Fundamental Cooks
THIS PROGRAM RELIES HEAVILY ON THE FOLLOWING ACADEMIC SKILLS and/or DISCIPLINES
  • Multiply and divide fractions
  • percentages
  • Geometric shapes
  • Chemical reactions
  • Read and understand recipe

POSSIBLE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES UPON COMPLETION OF PROGRAM

Upon graduation:
  • Prep cook
  • Line cook
  • Dishwasher
  • Bus person
  • Bakery’s assistant
  • Waiter/waitress
  • Garde manger
  • Rounds person
After completion of 1-2 years of post-secondary technical training (apprenticeship, certificate program or associate’s degree):
  • Restaurant chef
  • Private chef
  • Personal chef
  • Corporate chef
  • Catering chef
  • Sous chef
  • Dining room manager
  • Pastry chef
After completion of Advanced degree (4 year college degree or higher)
  • Dietitian  
  • Executive chef
  • Nutrition specialist
  • Test kitchen manager
  • Food stylist
  • Food journalist
  • Restaurateur
  • Sommelier
  • Cruise ship chef 
  • Food and beverage manager

Pathfinder provides a robust program of essential academic coursework to ensure students’ readiness upon graduation to pursue an array of career pathways, as well as prepare students to be successful, independent members of society. Beyond core offerings in English, mathematics, science, and social studies, Pathfinder students may also elect accounting, health and wellness, and foreign language options. In addition to traditional college and career readiness driven academic courses, students may engage in Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment opportunities.

Pathfinder offers a wide range of vocational technical programs. We have expanded our offerings to include 15 unique programs. These exciting programs give students a competitive advantage both in college and in the workforce. Our programs are designed to help students create and follow pathways to a career of their choice.  Pursue your passion and enjoy your education!

The Cooperative Education Program at Pathfinder is an optional experience for seniors and juniors (second half of the school year) having a minimum 1,000 hours in their technical area. Through a cooperative arrangement between the school and employer, the student will receive job placement related to their technical area of study during their “shop week” with wages paid by the employer. To be eligible, a student must have the recommendation of their technical program teachers, meet the required grade, attendance, and discipline standards. The student must also have their OSHA 10-hour card. Some technical areas may require additional certifications prior to entering the program.

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