Culinary Arts

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About the Program

The Restaurant and Hospitality Industry is an exciting, dynamic and rewarding field that offers a wide variety of opportunities. Our two year program is nationally certified by ProStart. It offers a comprehensive curriculum including practical based learning activities in cooking, baking, catering and culinary competitions. Students completing the program will be prepared for immediate employment and/or continuing their education in a Culinary Arts or Restaurant Management Program. Students successfully completing the two-year program are eligible to earn college credits through the Lakes Region Community College.  Tuition, offered at a significant discount, is paid to the college for these credits.  Students must be juniors or seniors to be eligible for college credit.

College Credit Courses through Lakes Region Community College:

Earn 9 College Credits (3 courses-3 credits per course)
 CULA1460L Bakery Production
 CULA1510L Culinary Fundamentals
 CULA1520L Sanitation & Safety

Affiliated Clubs:

Gourmet Club

Pro Start Culinary Team

Skills USA – Individual Culinary and Baking Competition



Chef Beth Brown: Culinary Arts

Beth began her Culinary training at the Balsams ACF Certified Culinary Apprenticeship Program for three and a half years in 2000.  She has completed six cross-country externships and contributed to several published cookbooks.  Her experience includes working for Delaware North Companies under Certified Master Chef Roland Henin. While working for Delaware North Company she trained in several grand hotels and was part of the chef team for the opening of the new Met Life Stadium in New York City. She received her Pro Chef 2 and Certified Chef de Cuisine Certification at the CIA Greystone, St. Helena, California.

In 2011, she was part of the chef team with Great Performance, the leading caterer in Manhattan.  Shortly after her teaching career began in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the Le Cordon Bleu for four years before coming to Portsmouth High School.

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Education Courses

Culinary 101 – Introductory Class

Culinary Arts-ProStart Level I

Culinary Arts-Prostart II

2 Credits/Course

Units of Study

Welcome to the Restaurant and Food Service Industry

Keeping Food Safe

Workplace Safety

Kitchen Essentials 1 – Professionalism

Kitchen Essentials 2 – Equipment and Techniques

Stocks, Sauces and Soups


Management Essentials

Fruits and Vegetables

Serving and Guests

Potatoes and Grains

Building a Successful Career in the Industry

Breakfast Food and Sandwiches


Controlling Foodservice Costs

Salads and Garnishing

Purchasing and Inventory

Meat, Poultry and Seafood

Desserts and Baked Goods

Sustainability: The “Greening” of Foodservice

Global Cuisines 1: The Americas

Global Cuisines 2: European, Mediterranean and Eastern Cuisines

Options for Continuing Education

Culinary Institute of America

Johnson and Wales University

New England Culinary Institute

Southern New Hampshire University

University of New Hampshire


Graduates of the American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute Program receive a Certificate of Completion from the Educational Institute after passing the final exam of both Year 1 and Year 2. In addition, after the workplace requirement has been met, students are eligible for a professional certification from the Educational Institute. This designation is recognized internationally, and is called the Certified Hospitality & Tourism Management Professional (CHTMP).

In order to earn the CHTMP certification, students must complete 100 hours of paid or unpaid work experience in one or more of the following qualifying positions:

Accommodations-Hotels, resorts, motels, hostels, vacation rentals, vacation ownership, bed & breakfast properties, recreational vehicles and camping

Food & Beverage-Restaurants, full-service, fine dining, quick service, banquet facilities, lounges

Transportation-Airlines, cruise lines, rail, car rentals, tour/coach operators, bus lines, taxis

Attractions-Theme parks, zoos, national/state/local parks, natural wonders, heritage sites

It is preferred that students complete the 100-hour on-site workplace requirement between Year 1 and Year 2; however, the requirement must be completed within 120 days of taking the HTMP Year 2 exam.

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