Culinary Arts
This program is certified by the Secondary Committee
of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission.
The mission and goals of this two-year American Culinary Federation certified program is to prepare students for entry-level employment as a cook, pastry cook, entry level management or to continue their education in the Culinary Arts field.  Working from the ground up, students experience the sights, sounds and aromas in a commercially equipped kitchen.  Students will actively participate in the production of daily breakfast, lunch and occasional larger functions.

To complete all the required skills, high school students attend two and a half hours per day for two school years.  Adults may complete in one year by attending five hours per day.   


Program Instructor


Culinary students catering event at WWI Museum
CA student

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Areas of Study

  • Serving safe food/proper sanitation
  • Product identification
  • Nutrition
  • Cooking methods
  • Knife skills
  • Presentation
  • Proper use of equipment
  • Organization
  • Leadership

Dual and/or Articulated Credit

Program completers can earn up to 8 hours college credit from Johnson County Community College.

Career Opportunities


Hourly Wage

Average Salary

Baker/Pastry Chef

$ 9 - $17

$ 25,000

Food Service Manager

$ 3 - $27

$ 41,000

Sous Chef

$16 - $26

$ 45,000

Executive Chef

$18 - $40

$ 56,000

Catering Director

$17 - $41

$ 66,000

Food & Beverage Director

$26 - $48

$ 84,000

*Occupational Outlook Handbook May 2014  
New information is now available for Missourians looking for which jobs will be "hot" this decade. The report shows that youth and adults with an interest - and skills - in science, technology, engineering, and math have many bright prospects in Missouri.
The "Missouri's Hot Jobs" report suggests which occupations are most likely to be in demand through 2018, according to the Missouri Economic Research Information Center (MERIC).    

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