Hospitality & Tourism Career Cluster
Program of Study: Culinary Arts
The ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification was developed
by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF).
It is a nationally recognized and accredited Food Safety Program.
Certification is for five years. Old Town Bistro is operated by the
Culinary Arts program.
8371V Culinary Arts (two credits)
Students will receive occupationally specific instruction including industry specific vocabulary, basic knife handling and chopping skills, and hands on practice in all areas of food production specific to a restaurant and catering kitchen. There will also be a focus on learning the skills necessary for restaurant management and service.
8373V Practicum in Culinary Arts (two credits)
Prerequisite: Culinary Arts
Practicum students are expected to produce more complex dishes appropriate for restaurant service at the on-site bistro as well as for competitions. Students will operate the Bistro as they rotate through and experience each position within the restaurant.
Why take Culinary Arts and what type of experience will students gain?
Whether students are interested in becoming an executive chef or just want to learn essential cooking skills, Culinary Arts covers a wide range of topics. After being taught safety and sanitation procedures for handling food and kitchen equipment, students begin using our commercial grade kitchen during lab time. Some of the skills they will learn include basic knife handling and chopping, sautéing, baking, grilling, and plate presentation. Our second year students have the opportunity to experience working in a restaurant setting as they assist in running our onsite bistro. They will rotate through each position including serving, cooking, hosting and supervising, and are able to practice all of the skills acquired during class and lab time. Taking our Culinary Arts courses also allows students to be exposed to a variety of post-secondary options in the restaurant and service industry.
What types of jobs can you do in the restaurant and service industry?
- Executive Chef
- Sous Chef
- Pastry Chef
- Restaurant Owner
- Personal Health Coach
- Food Service Director
Can you earn a certification while taking Culinary Arts at MCTC?
Yes! While taking the first year of Culinary Arts, students are prepared for the opportunity to take the ServSafe® exam, a management level certification that can assist in more job opportunities and the potential for higher pay. The ServSafe® certification is valid for 5 years. Students may instead choose to take the exam for their Food Handler's license, an entry level certification that is required when working any position at a restaurant in the state of Texas. This license is valid for 2 years.