• Culinary Arts

    If you like the art of cooking and food preparation/production, then participating in the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Culinary Arts Program is for you. In this program, you will learn everything from culinary techniques and methods to catering. In addition, you will gain management skills needed to succeed in the food service industry. The restaurant/hotel industry is the largest employer in the country. There are many opportunities for young people with all levels of skills. The food service program teaches menu planning, cooking, baking and catering/production techniques, as well as restaurant management. Students learn in a commercial kitchen where they prepare lunches, buffets, and banquets during the year. The program provides many opportunities for students with all levels of good preparation skills. Students also use the program as a path to college.

    Program Content


    • Safety and Sanitation
    • Food Handling Techniques
    • Commercial Cooking Utensils & Equipment
    • Baking & Measuring Equipment

    Management Activities

    • Receiving & Inventory
    • Menu Planning & Recipe Conversions
    • Restaurant Task Management

    Hot Food Preparation

    • Soups & Sauces
    • Entrees, Vegetables & Appetizers
    • Moist Heat Cooking Methods
    • Dry Heat Cooking Methods
    • Combination Cooking Methods

    Garde Mangé

    • Pre-Preparation & Storage
    • Fruit & Vegetable Preparation
    • Sandwiches & Salad Dressings
    • Salad Bar Set-Up
    • Portion Control


    • Pies & Desserts
    • Cookies & Cakes
    • Pastries


  • Mark Fitzgerald
    P: (315) 253-0361 ext. 5130

    Kara Weldon
    Teacher Assistant


    All second-year students will complete a Career and Technical Education Portfolio that exhibits necessary elements for CTE Endorsement and demonstrates competencies in Culinary Arts.

    Articulation Agreements/College Credit

    • The Art Institute of New York City
    • Lincoln Culinary Institute
    • Cayuga Community College
    • Pennsylvania College of Technology
    • SUNY Cobleskill
    • Integrated Math & English Credit
    • Professional Certification
    • NOCTI (National Occupational Testing Institute)

    Potential Careers

    With BOCES training

    • Line Cook
    • Chef’s Assistant
    • Baker & Baker’s Helper
    • Hospitals & Nursing Homes Cook

    With additional training

    • Professional Chef
    • Commercial Baker
    • Restaurant Manager
    • Restaurant Owner
    • Food Sales Representative/Distributor