Culinary - CIP12.0508

Impress your friends with edible masterpieces! 
Students interested in the fine art of preparing food should consider the Culinary Arts Program. This program takes students from the most basic of menu planning through catering large events. Students may graduate with a PA Skills Certificate, as well as the opportunity to advance to a respected post-secondary school. Level III students may be eligible for a CAPSTONE internship in culinary arts where they will be paired with an approved local business to practice the skills learned in class. Students receiving a score of Advanced on the National Occupational Competency Institute (NOCTI) examination will receive a minimum of 9 college credits at participating post-secondary institutes through the PA SOAR program. Students who complete the Culinary Arts program may also graduate ServSafe certified.

Meet the Teacher

Chef IrickChef Irick graduated from Delaware Valley University and has worked in the culinary industry for over 20 years. He has taught at PHS for the past 3 years. Chef Irick loves to cook, try new foods and restaurants. He grows his own vegetable garden during the summer. His favorite sports teams include the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Villanova College Basketball. Chef's favorite part of teaching is building relationships with his culinary arts students. He enjoys the personal interaction while guiding them through life's adventures.


Career Pathways

First-Line Supervisors/Managers, Food Preparation and Serving Workers 

Chefs and Head Cooks 

Cooks, Fast Food 

Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria 

Cooks, Private Households 

Cooks, Restaurant 

Cooks, Short Order 

Cooks, All Other 

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 

Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop

Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers

Task List

  • Safety and Sanitation Procedures
  • The Food Industry
  • Purchasing, Receiving, and Storage
  • Garde Manger (Cold Food Preparation)
  • Knife Skills
  • Food Service Tools and Equipment
  • Standardized Recipes and Measurement
  • Nutrition
  • Breakfast Foods
  • Reserved
  • Vegetables and Fruits
  • Pasta, Grains, Legumes, and Potatoes
  • Seasoning and Flavoring
  • Stocks, Soups, and Sauces
  • Meat, Poultry, and Seafood
  • Baking and Pastry Skills
  • Menus
  • Back & Front of House Operations
  • Foodservice Information Technology
  • Additional Hot Foods Preparations

Articulation Agreements/SOAR Credits

PA Bureau of Career and Technical Education SOAR Programs of Study taken at the High School level may transfer into participating colleges, universities, and technical centers. The awarding of college-level credit is acceptable for up to three (3) years after the qualifying student’s graduation date from the Program of Study at the High School. The mission of SOAR is to prepare students for college and careers in a diverse, high-performing workforce.

Industry Certifications

  • OSHA-Certification CareerSafe
  • S/P2 - Culinary S/P2
  • ServSafe/Manager Food Safety Certification -National Restaurant Association
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