Culinary Arts

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highlights

  • Volunteer opportunities
  • National Certification
  • Competitions with other schools
  • Earn scholarship money
  • Gain exposure to international cuisines
  • Learn to run a business

The first class in the Culinary Arts program at Guthrie encompasses the fundamentals of cooking, the science of baking, food service management, production skills and sanitation procedures. Along with guest chefs, we will help you develop and refine your creative side and master the steps of recipe development and event planning. Throughout the school year you will actually prepare and serve a variety of dining functions.

Culinary Arts 2 will increase your depth of knowledge and experience in specific areas including baking, protein selection, advanced nutrition and sustainability. This mid-level class will gain an understanding of front and back of the house roles and how these areas work together to create a successful operation. Chef Training is perfect for students with a sincere interest in becoming a chef. This class pioneered high-level culinary programming in Texas through our strong, supportive partnership with The Art Institute of Houston. and other area professional chef’s as we learn high level cooking skills.The Cafe Operations and Catering Practicum will put you in the driver’s seat for running and managing small operations like our campus coffee shop. This course consists of a combination of lab instruction, deconstruction, and hands-on production to provide a practical application to cafe and catering business practices.

The culinary facility at Guthrie is a state-of-the-art, high-level system of teaching kitchens and labs that surpasses most culinary schools in Texas. It was designed by industry professionals and educators, blending the best of both worlds to provide optimal hands-on learning.

Certifications


  • ServSafe Food Handler Certification (Culinary Arts)
  • ServSafe Food Service Manager Certification (Chef Training)

Pathways


Culinary Chef Pathway

  • Culinary Arts 1
  • Culinary Arts 2
  • Chef Training Practicum

Culinary Baking & Pastry Pathway

  • Culinary Arts 1
  • Culinary Arts 2
  • Cafe Operations Practicum

Classes

Culinary Arts 1

Culinary Arts begins with the fundamentals of cooking, the science of baking, management and production skills, and safety/sanitation procedures. Along with guest chefs, we will help you develop and refine your creative side. You will master the steps of recipe development and event planning where you will participate in specific dining functions throughout the course.

Grades: 9 -12
Articulated College Credit: available through The Art Institute of Houston

Culinary Arts 2

In this course you will be in the kitchens working with food most of the time! First Semester will be dedicated to Baking and Pastry in our commercial bake shop and second semester will be geared towards international cuisine. Culinary 2 will extend content and enhance skills introduced in Culinary Arts by infusing high-level, industry-driven content to prepare students for success in higher education, certifications and/or immediate employment.  This mid-level course will increase your depth of knowledge and experience in specific areas including baking, protein selection, advanced nutrition and sustainability. As an Advanced Culinary Arts student you will have a complete understanding of front and back of the house roles and how these areas work together to create a successful operation. You will prepare for national certifications that will provide you an advantage for scholarships, college admittance and employment.

Prerequisite: Minimum C average in Culinary Arts 1
Grades: 10-12

Cafe Operations Practicum

This course is will put you in the driver’s seat for running our campus café! A combination of lab instruction, demonstration, and hands-on production will provide you practical application to café and catering business practices and kitchen operations.

Prerequisite: Minimum C average in Culinary Arts 2
Grades: 11-12
Articulated College Credit: available through The Art Institute of Houston

Chef Training Practicum

Chef Training is for students that are sincerely interested in the culinary field. You will partner with chefs from The Art Institute of Houston and other area professional chefs as we learn higher-level cooking skills. You will develop advanced knife skills, soup and sauce production, vegetable and meat cookery, and may earn your ServSafe certification. Study trips include touring restaurants and hotels, and networking with professional chefs and others in the industry.

Prerequisite: Minimum C average in Culinary Arts 2
Grades: 11-12
Articulated College Credit: available through The Art Institute of Houston
Technical Certification Attainable: ServSafe Food Service Manager Certification