Culinary Careers

Experience the Culinary Careers program as you work alongside a professionally trained chef to create gourmet foods, cakes, and pastries with artistic presentation.  Learn to manage and operate a fast-paced, upscale restaurant, The White Apron Restaurant and cater community events.
Express your culinary creativity in menu planning, food preparation, and presentation as you deliver the ultimate culinary experience for your customers. 

Students who meet the standards for the Pro-Start Certificate of Achievement and Serve-Safe Certification stand out in the culinary field.

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Instructor: Kathy Diederich

Skills You'll Learn in This Program 

  • Food preparation service

  • Management skills

  • Food safety and hygiene

  • Storeroom procedures

  • Menu planning

  • Quantity food production

  • Customer service/management

  • Bookkeeping, budgeting, finance

  • Nutrition planning

  • Sanitation

  • Restaurant operations through the in-school restaurant

Certifications for Qualifying Students

ProStart® National Certificate of Achievement (COA)
• ServSafe Certification

Earn ProStart credit to transfer into college credit (depending on college you choose to attend)
Credits awarded depends on the college or university and the National Restaurant Associate Education Foundation (NRAEF)

Beyond the Classroom Events Include

  • Preparing and serving the Ashland County Fair Veterans' Day Lunch 

  • Preparing and serving the Halloween Buffet

  • Making and selling Christmas Cookie Trays

  • Visiting the West Side Market

Career Opportunities

This is the program for you if you want to be a/an:

  • Sous Chef

  • Assistant food service/restaurant manager

  • Dietitian trainee

  • Baker

  • Line Cook

  • Host/Hostess

  • Caterer

With further training you can become a:

  • Executive chef

  • Personsal chef

  • Food research specialist

  • Restaurant manager/owner

Ready to get ahead? 

Taking control of your future is easier than you think. By finishing your high school education at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center, you put yourself ahead of your peers with field experience a normal classroom could never replicate. Apply for this program and pursue your passion today!

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