Culinary Arts

Develop and Share Your Passion for Food

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.
 Students prepare food in professionally equipped kitchens. They learn about nutrition, menu planning, catering, dining service, restaurant management, food production, as well as safety and sanitation codes.

Units of Study

Introduction to the Restaurant and Food Service Industry, plus:

  • Sanitation
  • Kitchen Safety
  • Kitchen Essentials
  • Management Essentials
  • Business Communication
  • Stocks, Sauces, and Soups
  • Holiday Gingerbread Display
  • 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

College Credits

Monroe Community College Dual Enrollment
FSA 103: Fundamentals of Food Prep 
FSA 107: Menu Planning

Articulation Agreements

  • Alfred State College
  • Monroe Community College
  • New York State Pro Start: Cobleskill, Schenectady County Community College, Tompkins Cortland Community College
  • Niagara County Community College
  • Paul Smith's College
  • Sullivan University
  • SUNY Morrisville

Licensing / Industry-Based Certifications

ProStart Certification

ServeSafe Food Handler Certification 

ServeSafe Manager Certification 

Career Opportunities

coming soon!

Professional Outlook

Restaurant Cooks: 13.4% projected growth in jobs from 2018-28 in the Finger Lakes region
Median Finger Lakes region salary: $30,410 per year (in 2021)

Source: NYS Department of Labo


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 

Enrollment Information

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.
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