Culinary and Baking/Pastry Arts

  • Culinary and Baking / Pastry Arts   


    This 3-credit blended Pennsylvania approved Career and Technical Education Program of Study acknowledges the multi-talented approach necessary to compete and excel in the dynamic food and beverage industry.  Whether pursuing a career as a chef, owner, pastry chef, baker, or restaurant management, this three year course will provide the foundational skills necessary for entry level or continued study at an accredited culinary school.


    Today’s food service industry demands well rounded, well versed, and exceptionally talented individuals with skills that transcend and blend the roles of culinary professional with the artistry and science of the professional baker / pastry artisan.  While demanding of both time and talent, this program will reward the student with a well developed skill set and drive to continued excellence.  We will focus on several key aspects and skills, from exceptional knife skills, precise measurements, industry standard equipment utilization, timing, and communication.


    Utilizing core curriculum from Pro Start in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association the prospective student will explore the foundations necessary to begin an exciting career.  Additionally prospective students will have an opportunity to represent Octorara as part of the Pro Start competition team competing regionally, across the state, and with the possibility of national exposure.




    ServeSafe Certification

    OSHA 10 hour program

    ProStart National Certification of Achievement

    Employability Skills Certificate 

    PA Skills Certificate


    Student Organization: 

    ProStart and Skills USA


    Career Opportunities:

    Food and Beverage Director


    Chef de Cuisine

    Pastry Chef

    Restaurant Manager

    Food and Beverage Buyer

    Bakery Assistant

    Production Baker

    Assistant to Pastry Chef

    Line Cook

    Garde Manger

    Sous Chef with additional training

    Food Production Assistant