# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Culinary Arts Specialization Course Description

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Culinary Arts Specialization (8279/36 weeks) Course Description

Course Description

Course Code:8279
Duration:36 weeks
Suggested Grade Levels:12
Prerequisites:Culinary Arts II (8276/36 weeks, 280 hours)
The Culinary Arts Specialization course provides students with skills and knowledge to pursue careers in the food service industry. In a hands-on environment, students apply nutritional principles, plan menus, use business and mathematics skills, select and maintain food service equipment, and adhere to safety and sanitation standards. Students specialize in one of the following four areas:
  • Baking and Pastry Food-Preparation Techniques
  • Catering/Banquet Food-Preparation Techniques
  • Restaurant Operation Techniques
  • Quantity Food-Preparation Techniques
The curriculum continues to place a strong emphasis on science and mathematics knowledge and skills, critical thinking, practical problem-solving, and entrepreneurial opportunities within the field of culinary arts.

As noted in Superintendent’s Memo #058-17 (2-28-2017), this Career and Technical Education (CTE) course must maintain a maximum pupil-to-teacher ratio of 20 students to one teacher, due to safety regulations. The 2016-2018 biennial budget waiver of the teacher-to-pupil ratio staffing requirement does not apply.

Career Clusters and Pathways

For federal reporting (choose one)

  • Hospitality and Tourism
    • Restaurants and Food and Beverage Services

Available Credentials

Upon completion of the course


Concentration Sequences

A combination of the course above and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses appropriate to their career pathways.

Check the course description for any course listed below, because some may have a prerequisite.