Professional Culinary Arts and Hospitality

Program Objective:

The objective of the Professional Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program is to provide quality educational training designed to meet the current and future needs of the food industry. To accomplish this, the following guidelines are established: assist students to choose, prepare for, enter, and be gainfully employed in the food service/hospitality industry field; offer a program which emphasizes sound fundamentals while responding to the needs of the food service/hospitality industry; provide courses to meet current and specific needs of the student and the food service/hospitality industry.

Occupational Outlook

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Curriculum Framework

Program Outlook:

The Professional Culinary Arts and Hospitality program provides students with the technical knowledge and skills for employment in the food service/hospitality industry. In positions as cooks, bakers and or food preparation workers Instruction includes a combination of class- room theory and practical experience. The program also provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in food service occupations.

Program Content:

The content includes but is not limited to preparation, presentation, and serving of a wide variety of foods; leadership, communication skills, employability skills, and safe/efficient work practices are also covered. This coursework prepares students for employment in the food service/hospitality industry.

Length of Program:

The average length of this program is 1200 hours (approximately 14 months) for adults if attending full- time. Actual time is dependent upon enrollment status (full-time/part-time) and the length of time the student requires to achieve competencies. This program contains four occupational completion points designed to prepare students for various jobs.

Admission Requirements:

  • Adult students must be at least 16 years old and not enrolled in high school
  • Application
  • Interview by guidance counselor
  • Fees for supplies and textbooks are required

Entrance Dates:

This program operates on an open-entry, open-exit basis. Students may enter the program anytime during the school year. Entrance is dependent upon space availability. Call (305) 557-1100 for more information.

Career Opportunities:

Food Preparation, Chef/Head Cook, Baker, Cake Decorator, Banquet Cook, Food Truck Cook, Short Order Cook, Line Cook, Broiler Cook, Fry Cook, and a Food Service Manager

Graduation Requirements:

  • Completion of all Occupational Completion Points (OCP’s)
  • Satisfy Basic Skills Requirements
    Mathematics 9     Language 9     Reading 9
  • No financial obligations
  • Students must complete the Clearance packet to received program certificate.

AHMV0100Food Preparation300 hours
BHMV0170Cook - Restaurant300 hours
CHMV0171Chef/Head Cook300 hours
DHMV0126Food Service Management300 hours

Program Cost:

  • In-state residents—$2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
  • Out of state resident—$10.25 per hour (Subject to change)
  • $15.00 application fee
  • Material fee—Varies by program
  • Identification Card fee—$5.00 per trimester
  • Students must purchase books/kits and/or uniforms, if applicable

Program Hours:

Monday—Friday 7:20 am—1:00 pm

Approximately Total Cost:


Employment Requirements:

  • On-the-job training or postsecondary training in a Culinary Arts program is recommended.
  • ServSafe Food Handler Certification is strongly recommended.


The average wage for this career in Florida is $26.60 hourly or $55,330 annually.

Job Outlook:

Employment of Chef and Head Cooks is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026

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