Culinary Arts

Spice Up Your Career Outlook by Mixing Ingredients and Imagination

Three students in chef's hats and aprons prepare food at a large steel prep table, with many cooking tools and pots hanging overhead and on the table.
Stir, sauté and sizzle your way to a career in the kitchen. Get things cooking in professional kitchens and discover the secrets of nutrition, menu planning and catering. Feed your appetite for knowledge in dining service and restaurant management, ensuring your career is seasoned to perfection. Explore a buffet of career opportunities and find your own secret ingredient to success.

What You Can Learn

Units of Study

  • Intro to Food Service Industry
  • Sanitation
  • Kitchen Safety
  • Kitchen Essentials
  • Management Essentials
  • Business Communication
  • Stocks, Sauces, and Soups
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Potatoes and Grains
  • Service to Customers
  • Career Exploration
  • ServSafe
  • Nutrition
  • Cost Control
  • Purchasing and Inventory
  • Sustainability
  • Breakfast Food and Sandwiches
  • Salads and Garnishing
  • Baked Goods
  • Meats, Poultry, and Seafood
  • Marketing
  • Cakes and Bread
  • Desserts
  • Plating and Garnishing

What You Can Earn

Available High School Academic Credits
At district request, students may earn:
  • English
  • Science
Licensing/Industry-Based Certifications
Students have opportunities to earn:
  • ProStart Certification
  • ServeSafe Food Handler and Manager Certification
Work-Based Learning
Organizations that support this program:
  • Bad Apples Bistro
  • Bozza’s
  • Lidestri
  • MCC-Culinary
  • Ridgemont Country Club
  • Tops Markets
  • Wegmans
  • Flight West
  • Mill Creek Country Club

Where You Can Go

Career Opportunities
Minimal Requirement Beyond CTE
  • Cook
Additional Education and/or Experience
  • Chef
  • Restaurant Owner
  • Hospitality Manager
Postsecondary Pathways
Dual Enrollment
  • Monroe Community College
    • Fundamentals of Food Prep (FSA103)
    • Menu Planning (FSA107)
Articulation Agreements
  • Alfred State
  • Monroe Community College
  • New York State ProStart
  • Niagara County Community College
  • Sullivan University
  • SUNY Morrisville


Carol Lupisella
Carol Lupisella is a chef with 25 years' experience in the food service industry. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute  of America and SUNY Brockport. 
Michael Mirabella 
Intro Video
Presentation Hosted by CTE Students

Getting Started

Meet with your school counselor to discuss how Career & Technical Education at WEMOCO can benefit your career development. Your counselor can help you begin the enrollment process.