Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts students operate a contemporary sixty-seat full-service restaurant located within the school. They plan, prepare and serve a variety of traditional, ethnic, and contemporary menus as well as cater banquets, dinner meetings, and special events. Students develop artistic skills through ice carvings and special exhibits of pastillage, tallow, and aspic work. Local, state, and national competitions enrich the curriculum which includes: appetizers, soups and sauces, vegetables and salads, meat/poultry/seafood/shellfish, desserts, garnishing, catering, service, sanitation, and management. The program is nationally recognized and certified by the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

Program Specifics

Full Day One-Year Program
8:05 A.M.- 2:10 P.M. (36 weeks // 7.5 credits)

CIP Code

Mr. Bob Corle

Program Costs
Students are required to purchase the following at an estimated cost of $200:

  • Uniform
  • Black Leather Shoes
  • ServSafe certification (optional – $120)

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Student Certifications


National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) provides industry-based credentials and partner industry certifications for students enrolled in career and technical education programs.

Certified Fundamental Cook (CFC)

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) offers a certification for graduates of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) Secondary Certified programs.

Pennsylvania Food Employee Certification (ServSafe etc)

Pennsylvania food safety certification and food handling safety training is necessary for anyone looking to enter the food service and hospitality industry.

ServSafe/Manager Food Safety Certification

Only ServSafe offers training and certification created by foodservice professionals, providing a working knowledge of food management, food handling, allergen and responsible alcohol service training.

College Articulation and Credits

College Credit Opportunities

Pennsylvania Culinary Institute
Harrisburg Area Community College
Johnson & Wales
The Restaurant School


SOAR programs of study prepare today’s student for tomorrow’s high demand and high wage careers.

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Career Opportunities

Students can be employed while in high school through the Cooperative Education program. Qualified students may obtain paid employment after successful completion of classroom training. This program expands the school curriculum by providing students with additional skills through supervised work experience at local businesses. The employment is scheduled during the time the student would be in attendance at the Career and Technology Center.


  • Cook
  • Pastry Cook
  • Sous Chef
  • Caterer
  • Bakery Manager


  • The Hotel Hershey
  • Hollywood Casino
  • Lebanon Country Club
  • The Hershey Lodge
  • The Hershey Country Club

Salary Ranges

PositionPA Projected Employment Growth 2014-2024 Entry SalaryAvg PA SalaryExperienced Salary
Restaurant Cook16%$18,390$25,540$29,120
Chef/Head Cook11%$36,110$54,110$63,110
Sous Chef11%$22,660$37,380$44,740
Private Household Cook-3%$21,270$27,880$31,190