The Fundamentals of Culinary Arts diploma program provides students with the opportunity to learn hands-on in a working food service environment. The core program is designed to educate individuals seeking career opportunities in hotels, restaurants, clubs and institutional food service facilities. The program offers an alternative to longer, more traditional programs for career changers and individuals interested in entering into the food service business. Students will prepare classic, modern and global foods in active labs under the direction of experienced culinary arts faculty. Students will hone and apply their craft in team-oriented settings by preparing and serving a variety of menu items to be sold in the M State Café.
Areas of study include Baking & Pastry, Hot Food Preparation, Butchery, Cold Kitchen/Pantry, A la Carte, Safety/Sanitation, Culinary Nutrition, Kitchen Math & Measurements, Knife Skills, Operating Commercial Equipment, Food Ingredient Identification and Product Evaluation. Special events provide students with additional experience in planning, executing and serving themed catered functions for large groups.
Demonstrate food safety and sanitation standards in accordance with USDA Food Code.
Apply knowledge and demonstrate fundamental cooking techniques and skills commonly found in the professional food service industry.
Identify variety of food products, evaluate taste profiles and acquire terminology commonly applied in the professional food service community.
Demonstrate knowledge of kitchen measurements, recipe conversions, yields, portion sizes and calculated costs of food.
Identify grading and quality standards as they pertain to a variety of meats, poultry, seafood/fish, dairy and produce items.
Identify various quality standards, proper utilization and fabrication as they pertain to meats, poultry, seafood/fish, dairy and produce.
Demonstrate fundamental competence in all production areas of the professional kitchen.
Develop and apply effective communication, professionalism, teamwork and customer service skills.
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