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For Culinary Arts III, students will have instruction in two curricular areas during the school year:
Level I Course Description
Students practice managerial, production, and service skills used in government, commercial, or independently owned institutional food establishments and related food industry occupations. Students plan, select, store, purchase, prepare, and serve food and food products; study basic nutrition, sanitation, and food safety; the use and care of commercial equipment; and the operation of institutional food establishments. Critical thinking, practical problem solving, and entrepreneurship opportunities within the field of culinary arts are emphasized. Teachers highlight the basic skills of mathematics, science, and communication when appropriate in content.
Level II Course Description
Culinary Arts II provides students an opportunity to refine skills in serving, dining room management, and other skills learned in Culinary Arts I. Students prepare for occupations such as chef/cook, baker/pastry helper, pastry decorator, hospitality worker, dietetic aide/assistant, food demonstrator, and entrepreneur. Critical thinking, practical problem solving, and entrepreneurship opportunities within the field of culinary arts are emphasized. Teachers highlight the basic skills of mathematics, science and communication when appropriate in content.
Level III Course Description
Culinary Arts III at Edison Academy provides students with skills and knowledge to pursue careers in the food service industry in the following two specialization areas:
- Pastry Arts - The Baking and Pastry Food Specialization curriculum provides students opportunities to expand their technical skills in basking and pastry food preparation.
- Culinary Operations - Provides students with skills and knowledge which enables them to manage all aspects of a restaurant.
In a hands-on environment, students apply nutritional principles, plan menus, use business and mathematics skills, select and maintain food service equipment, and adhere to safety and sanitation standards. This course places a strong emphasis on science and mathematical knowledge and skills, critical thinking, practical problem-solving, and entrepreneurial opportunities within the field of culinary arts.
Articulation agreements exist with the Culinary Institute of America, Johnson and Wales University, and Stratford University.
Career Pathways Examples for Culinary Arts Students
The study of Culinary Arts at Edison Academy, along with additional post-secondary study or training, may lead to these careers:
- Chefs and Head Cooks
- Dietetic Technicians
- Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria *Bright Outlook*
- Food Service Managers
- Lodging Managers
- Managers, All Other
- Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop *Bright Outlook*
- Food Preparation Workers *Bright Outlook*
- Food Production Manager
- Food & Beverage Manager
- Bread and Pastry Baker
- Food Service Sanitation Manager
- Meat/Poultry/Fish Cutter
- Agricultural & Food Scientist
- Purchasing Agent
Some BLS Info - Check it Out!
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of chefs and head cooks is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Most job opportunities for chefs and head cooks are expected to be in food services, including restaurants. Job opportunities also will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation. Candidates can expect strong competition for jobs at upscale restaurants, hotels, and casinos, where the pay is typically highest.
Services Offered - Bistro 1093
Bistro 1093 is your in-school dining destination. Carry-Out and Dine-In menus are advertised to customers on our mailing list. Email Chef Walden to register. Baked goods and three course meals are prepared weekly for your dining pleasure. All proceeds are used to fund activities of the Culinary Arts program at Edison Academy. We appreciate your support.
- Complete Commercial Kitchen licensed by the Fairfax County Board of Health
- Convection Ovens
- Conventional Ovens
- Gas Grill
- Electric Griddle
- Gas Salamander
- Open Top 6 & 4 Burner Ranges
- Commercial Refrigerators & Freezers
Professional Certification Opportunities
- Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills
- ServSafe National Certification
- Stratford University
- Culinary Institute of America
- Johnson and Wales University
- Real Food for Kids Organization
- Belle Haven Country Club
- Greenspring, an Erickson Senior Living Community
Our teacher, Chef Walden, shares information about the Culinary Arts program.
Our 2021-22 Culinary Arts ambassadors share their perspectives of the program here at Edison Academy.
Note. This video was filmed in portrait mode so you will see black edges on the screen and may see students 'sideways" at times.