Instructor Profiles:

Chef Matthew Bettencourt

Is a graduate from Johnson & Wales University, has over 7 years in the industry and has been teaching at Durfee high school since 2010.

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Program Overview:

The culinary arts program provides students with training to obtain the skills necessary to pursue a career in food preparation or production. We provide students with a variety of tasks that require working directly with food preparation and those that involve working directly with guest and customers.

Skills & Skill Areas:

  • OSHA Certification
  • ServSafe Certification
  • Safetey & Sanitation
  • Baked Items
  • Cold Food Items
  • Food Service Management
  • Product Development
  • Food Nutrition & Nutrition Labels
  • Day to Day Operations
  • Product Ordering & Quality Assurance

Course Sequence:

Culinary Arts I: 10th Grade

Students will become familiar with the basics of food preparation, safety & hygiene. This will include food preparation, baking, dining room service and cleanup. Note: Students will be required to have a uniform as determined by the instructor.

Culinary Arts II: 11th Grade

Students will be exposed to dinner service in both the front and back of the house. They will practice different cooking techniques, practice safety, receiving, and storing procedures. Students will rotate dining room stations as well as being trained on the point of sale system. In the bakery students will produce various types of breads, desserts, and pastries.

Culinary Arts III: 12th Grade

These courses are designed to train students in a sequence of activities for kitchen and bakery laboratory and dining room experiences, including menu planning, ordering, and inventory control as well as baking fundamentals including pastries, breads and special occasion cakes. Note: Students will be required to have a uniform as determined by the instructor.

Career Options:

The Culinary Arts Program prepares students with practical skills that enable students to work in the field or pursue higher education. Below is a list of jobs graduates from the Culinary Arts Program are qualified for, depending on the level of their education.

Durfee Diploma & Career/Tech. Ed. Certificate

  • Rounds Cooks
  • Apprentices
  • Prep Cooks

Associate Degree

  • Executive Chef
  • Head Chefs
  • Sous Chefs
  • Managers

Bachelors Degree

  • Food Scientist
  • Hospital Dieticians
  • Research & Development
  • Food Communications
  • Nutritionist

Industry Links:

For more information on the career outlook for the Culinary Arts Industry visit:

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook

Culinary Class of 2017