Culinary Arts and Food Services - Shelton
CUL120D - Diploma Program
CIP Code: 12.0500
SOC Code: 35-1012
Day and Evening Programs
Program ObjectiveThe Culinary Arts and Food Services program will provide students with a strong foundation on which to build a successful career in the food service industry. Students will be exposed to the core theory and practical application of the culinary arts and food services industry. Students will be exposed to a variety of topics including but not limited to: Classical and Modern food preparation and cooking techniques, food and beverage management, foodservice operations, food science, menu planning and nutrition, international cuisine and culture and baking and pastry techniques. Upon completion of this program, students will be trained for entry level positions in the culinary and food services industry as Line Cook, Prep Cook, Sous Chef, Chef’s Assistant, and Pantry Cook as well as other employment opportunities in the Food Industry. Students will be required to complete out-of-class assignments in each course, except externship.
Course DescriptionThis course provides students with an introduction to the fundamentals needed to build a successful culinary career. It starts with an introduction to culinary history, an orientation to the professional kitchen and an overview of the career opportunities available in the foodservice industry. Students participate in culinary product identification and taste exploration, equipment identification, standard measurement, and a thorough examination of knife safety and basic knife skills. The theory and practice of proper foodservice sanitation is studied and leads to national certification upon successful completion of the examination. Nutrition plays an important role and this course also provides students with the knowledge of the role of nutrition science in various segments of the food service industry. Students learn how to apply healthy and nutritious food selection and preparation to classical and modern cuisine. The path to professional and personal development starts here with the commitment to the highest standards of attitude, attendance, dress, respect and lifelong learning.
Course DescriptionThis course teaches the use of restaurant control systems in menu development, accounting principles, staff training, table service and wine technology. Students learn to create and design menus. Students will explore accounting principles with foodservice industry comparisons. Basic computer literacy and restaurant-related computer applications are introduced. Students study the management process, effective communication skills, the supervisor’s role in decision-making and problem solving, effective use of delegation, conflict resolution, motivational techniques, and stress management. Organizational design, line and staff relationships and employee training programs are also presented in this course. Knowledge and techniques of table service are explored, guest check control, federal, state and local control laws and third party liability. Beverage technology studied includes distinguishing wines by grape, variety, growing region, production process and proper service.
Course DescriptionThis course explores the world of baking and pastry making through the eyes and needs of the culinary student. The baking skill, knowledge, experience and perspective gained through this course leads to the development of better overall chefs, managers and business owners. Each aspect of the baking spectrum is examined through its function of ingredients, mixing methods and finishing techniques. Basic bread baking principles explain how a simple formula of water, yeast, salt and flour is transformed into bread with irresistible taste, texture and fragrance. Danish pastries, pies and cakes are prepared, presented, tasted and critiqued. Restaurant-style desserts are prepared in both classical and modern styles. On-going professional and personal development is continued through the exposure to, and examination of, professional baker and pastry chef organizations, and dessert menu development.
Course DescriptionThis course serves as an introduction to the real world of foodservice operations in which students make use of the skills that they have acquired. Making use of the classic brigade system, individuals will have the opportunity to prep and work all stations both in the kitchen and dining room. Stations will include, but are not limited to Sous Chef, Maître d’, Saucier, Garde Manger, Server, Back Waiter, Grillardin. This course will expand upon the creation of menus in regards to seasonality and demographics, all the while, monitoring food & beverage costs and labor cost. The exploration of different types of menus will be a focal point of this course. From the creation of cohesive menus, to proper applications of the products available, to the execution of individual’s job description, the future foodservice professional will be a great fit in the modern kitchen. Adherence to proper safety and sanitation requirements will also be strictly monitored. This class will take all knowledge, skills, and techniques that have been taught, and apply it in such a way to link the training to the externship section and finally to the long successful careers ahead.
Course DescriptionAdvanced Skills: Meats, Seafood and Poultry, is a foundation course for the culinary student, emphasizing the classic cooking methods, culinary terminology, identification, fabrication and preparation of seafood, meats, and poultry products. Preparation of sauces and soups will be explored; with the introduction and refinement of the thickening methods and techniques used therein. Consideration will be given to understanding the basics of flavors and flavorings and the factors affecting the perception of flavors, with emphasis on serving correctly seasoned foods. Included will be the proper use and care of culinary tools, practical use of culinary math and purchasing practices and procedures. Modern and classical methods are explored in the preparation of pates, galantines, mousses, canapés and hors d’oeuvre. Artistry and innovation merge in the creation of fruit and vegetable garnishes and melon sculptures. Charcuterie specialties such as sausage making, meat smoking and fish curing are all part of this course.
Course DescriptionThis is a continuation of CUL165SA. Advanced Skills: Meats, Seafood and Poultry, is an advanced course for the culinary student, emphasizing the classic cooking methods, culinary terminology, identification, fabrication and preparation of seafood, meats, and poultry products. Preparation of sauces and soups will be explored; with the introduction and refinement of the thickening methods and techniques used therein. Consideration will be given to understanding the basics of flavors and flavorings and the factors affecting the perception of flavors, with emphasis on serving correctly seasoned foods. Included will be the proper use and care of culinary tools, practical use of culinary math and purchasing practices and procedures. Charcuterie specialties such as sausage making, meat smoking and fish curing are all part of this course. Techniques are explored through explanation, demonstrations and comparison tasting. By the end of this course the student should have the necessary skills and knowledge to plan, prepare and present a variety of cold specialties, hot foods and hybrid hot-cold preparation of foods.
Course DescriptionThis course allows students to learn the basics of heat transfer and the affects that heat has on various foods. The techniques for the making of quality stocks will be covered with emphasis on accurate knife cuts to ensure desired results. Students will practice a full range of cooking techniques, including dry-heat, moist-heat and combination methods as applied to vegetables, starches, sandwiches, eggs and breakfast batter products. The making of salads and dressings will be covered as well as a focus on the specifications for purchasing, receiving and storing of common ingredients. Standard weights and measures will be emphasized in all procedures so that once the fundamental techniques have been learned; it is relatively easy to apply those techniques to a full repertoire of other recipes.
Course DescriptionThis course offers a comprehensive review of foods, nutrients and nutrition. Major nutrient classes: carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and water will be investigated. The relationship of foods and nutrients to areas of current interest including diet and disease (diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer, etc.), weight control, diet and exercise, dietary from pregnancy through older adulthood will be discussed, as well as, gluten free diets. Current dietary recommendations including the Food Guide Pyramid, U.S. Dietary Guidelines and Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) will be compared and contrasted.
Course DescriptionPersonal/Private Chef examines the intrinsic details to being a personal or private chef. The course allows students the opportunity to create a personal business strategy, including marketing, menu design, liability, forms of ownership, financing, and customer service with an emphasis on a step-by-step understanding of how students can begin their own personal chef business.
Course DescriptionStudents in this course will learn to prepare, taste, serve, and evaluate traditional, regional dishes of important regions and cultures of the world. Emphasis will be placed on ingredients, flavor profiles, preparations, and techniques representative of the cuisines of the Far East, Middle East, Mediterranean, Europe, Africa, North America, and South America.
Course DescriptionFor students, especially those with little previous experience, an experiential learning opportunity offers many benefits. This initial externship intends to broaden the scope of the “new” chef experience not commonly encountered in a student’s resident portion of their education or previous workplace environment. The focus is on training the student in culinary skills through greater insight into an actual work environment, developing sensitivity to professional responsibility and promoting student self-learning. Students typically receive an hourly wage. They perform a variety of challenging tasks in and out of the kitchen, under the guidance of a supervising chef/manager at an approved externship location.