High School with Culinary Arts Professional Pathway

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If you would like to begin developing the skills to help you begin your path towards being a cook or culinary arts professional at the same time you are earning your high school diploma, you may be interested in the High School Diploma with a career pathway in Culinary Arts Professional program at Penn Foster High School. You can learn more about this online high school diploma program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Penn Foster High School's High School Diploma with a career pathway in Culinary Arts Professional program is designed to prepare you to take the first steps towards an entry-level position in food prep or to enter a postsecondary culinary arts program - all while you are completing your high school diploma. You could study basic cooking techniques for beef, chicken, seafood, vegetables, and more, as well as learn specialty recipes and presentation methods. Additional courses cover the layout of an ideal kitchen and the process for making soups, stocks, and sauces. There are also 16 general education courses required in this diploma program; these courses cover topics in math, history, English, heath, and more.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you apply to Penn Foster High School's High School Diploma with a career pathway in Culinary Arts Professional, you may have passion for food and an interest in a culinary career. As an applicant to Penn Foster High School, you must be at least 14 years old and have completed Grade 8.

What Are the Course Requirements?

In order to earn the High School Diploma with a career pathway in Culinary Arts Professional, you will need to complete a total of 22 courses. This total consists of 16 general education courses, five culinary arts electives, and an orientation course. Course requirements could be different if you are transferring credits.

Humanities

  • Human Relations
  • Reading Skills

English

  • Basic English
  • Practical English
  • Written Communication
  • Literature

Social Studies

  • American History
  • Civics
  • World Geography

Math

  • General Math 1
  • Consumer Math
  • General Math 2

Science

  • Earth Science
  • Biology
  • Physical Science

Health and Physical Education

  • Fitness and Nutrition

Culinary Arts Professional Electives

  • Culinary Arts 1: Ideal layout and design of a gourmet kitchen, caramelizing onions and searing beef
  • Culinary Arts 2: Recipes for making stocks, sauces, and soups; essentials about fruits, vegetables, and herbs; primary cooking methods
  • Culinary Arts 3: Recipes for beef, veal, lamb, and pork
  • Culinary Arts 4: Preparing different cuts of poultry; alternative recipes and presentation options
  • Culinary Arts 5: Light, healthful fish and shellfish dishes

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once you have successfully completed Penn Foster High School's High School Diploma with a career pathway in Culinary Arts Professional, you could begin your path towards an entry-level position in food preparation. You could apply for work in a restaurant, hotel, private home, hospital cafeteria, or other foodservice establishment. Entry-level positions that you could pursue include:

  • Assistant cook
  • Line cook
  • Kitchen helper
  • Food preparation worker

Advanced Degrees

After completing the High School Diploma with a career pathway in Culinary Arts Professional program, you can further enhance your technical training by pursuing a 2-year degree or a diploma in a culinary-related field. A postsecondary training program can also help you learn new advanced or specialty cooking techniques. Some of the program options available include:

  • Caterer Career Diploma
  • Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
  • Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts
  • Associate of Science in Cooking Technology