College Credit:

  • Enhanced Articulation Agreement (3 cr) with Maine Community College System for Culinary or Baking majors

Industry Certifications:

  • ServSafe Certification

High School Credit:

  • 3 Credits – Satisfies 1 credit in Fine Arts for high school graduation

Culinary Art

Culinary Arts is a course designed to provide hands-on experience in different areas of food service. This course will be taught in a newly remodeled, stainless steel equipped kitchen. Students will cater school and public functions and work in all areas of food production, while learning basic baking and culinary techniques. Topics such as measurement, knife skills, recipe standardization, nutrition, customer service and kitchen organization will be included. With an emphasis on proper safety and sanitation in the foodservice industry, students will be preparing to pass a nationally recognized test in the spring.

The ServSafe exam will be given in the second semester of the program and is a nationally recognized standard of food safety. Students who pass receive a ServSafe certificate of completion that is good for five years that qualifies them as a food production manager. Students who pass both the Culinary Arts class and the ServSafe exam will be eligible for community college credits through an enhanced articulation agreement with any of the Maine Community Colleges, who offer a Culinary Arts or Baking degree. 

The Culinary Arts curriculum was developed by the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association, with guidance from educators and representatives of the foodservice industry and is recognized throughout the country. Whether you choose to further your education in a college program or pursue a food service career, Culinary Arts will prepare you for life after high school.  Students taking the Culinary Arts program will be required to wear proper attire while working in the kitchen.  This includes chef coat, hat or hair net, and closed toe shoes.


Chef Matthew McAllister

Culinary Arts Instructor

Culinary Arts

Culinary arts prepares individuals to provide professional chef and related cooking services in restaurants and other commercial food establishments. Includes instruction in recipe and menu planning, preparing and cooking of foods, supervising and training kitchen assistants, management of food supplies and kitchen resources, aesthetics of food presentation, and familiarity or mastery of a wide variety of cuisines and culinary techniques.

  • Maine Certified Industry Standards