Culinary Arts


Students train in our well-equipped kitchen to prepare stocks, cuts of meat, poultry and seafood utilizing a variety of cooking methods. Work in various positions in the restaurant, hotel, retail, and healthcare environments while preparing for your career and future college education. The class focuses on academic, technical skills, and employability practices. Students will develop personal and professional skills in the classroom that will transfer to the workplace:

  • Basic cooking techniques
  • Food prep in various styles and methods
  • Work with a team to manage others
  • Work in a professional kitchen
  • Job search techniques
  • Theory and practice of cooking principles
  • Basic commercial baking techniques
  • To apply industry safety and sanitation standards
  • To work in a commercial kitchen environment
  • To prepare products for on-campus retail sales and catering events
  • An understanding of cost analysis

Class Benefits

  • 20-30 high school credits earned per year
  • Develop skills leading to a highly paid, high demand job

Certifications Earned Within the Class

  • Class completion certificate
  • ServSafe Food Handler card
  • ServSafe Manager’s certificate, 2nd year students

Job Opportunties Upon Completion

  • Cook: Prep. short order
  • Host
  • Catering Assistant
  • Counter Attendant/Cashier
  • Baker’s Assistant
  • Cake Decorator
  • Donut Maker
  • Catering Assistant
  • Baker
  • Caterer
  • Banquet Server

About the Instructor

Danielle Clark has over 15 years experience in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality industry. She studied at Cabrillo College where she obtained two A.S degrees in Culinary Arts and Hospitality, and Baking and Pastry. She began her career at Barbara and Company Catering where she stayed for 12 years where she learned all aspects of the industry. She worked for 12 years at Just Cake as a lead baker and cake decorator She attended Food Network Challenges and assisted in the Oprah Winfrey Cake Challenge. Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, camping, baking and painting. She looks forward to bringing her expertise to SVCTE!




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