Culinary Arts


Teachers: Mrs. Ashe, Mr. Kantrowwitz

The Culinary Arts course offers training in cooking, pastry preparation, restaurant management, and dining room services. The department operates a full service restaurant which is open to the public. In addition to the basics of culinary arts, students are trained in all aspects of the industry including sanitation and safe handling of food. Click here to watch a video about the restaurant.

Inevitably, the course name speaks for itself. Culinary isn't just a technical path, it's an art in which students make meals to look as beautiful to look at as good as it it is to eat. Culinary offers its services for students and faculty during the periods of lunch hours to buy some of their tasty treats and meals.


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 Student: Jose Santana


Competencies Students Obtain

Within this technical career path, students are able to leave high school with knowledge and specific expectations of their future. The field is predicted to have average job growth over the next decade. The more years of experienced that is earned the more job opportunities will open to those who are highly qualified. Culinary and food services are demanding and ever-lasting career paths. Going into the working field of Culinary Arts, students gain knowledge of:

  • Main Entrée Preparation
  • Sauce and Gravy Preparation
  • Menu Planning
  • Garnish and Plate Decoration
  • Soup and Stock Preparation
  • Baking of Pastry and Cakes
  • Cake Decorating
  • Baking of Confections

Career Outlook and Opportunities

An assistant chef can expect to earn about $1o each hour or approximately$25,000 per year. Head chefs can make up to $19 an hour or $40,000 per year. In the working field, stiff competition may run high and these positions, mainly in higher-end restaurants. Certifications are earned by the time students are graduated  and community colleges, art colleges, and technical institutes continue the studies of this field. Opportunities open as well to graduating seniors:

  • American Culinary Program Federation
  • Certified Dining Room Associate
  • Assistant Cook
  • Baker
  • Chef
  • Salad Prep
  • Serve Safe Sanitation
  • Sous Chef
  • Wait Staff



William J. Dean Technical High School
1045 Main Street
Holyoke, MA 01040