Culinary Arts

Frequently Asked Questions

Culinary Arts

What will I learn about cooking?

We learn traditional, basic cooking methods. Also, about sauces, how to cut, and cleaning.

Will I learn how to cook?

Yes, we do basic stuff to start first and keep adding on!

What will I cook?

Stuff that we eat every day like macaroni and cheese or cheesy potatoes and then other stuff that maybe doesn't sound that good, but is like - French Lasagna - no meat, mushrooms with a white sauce.

Will this class help for Culinary School?

Yes, because it is important to know basic stuff about cutting and sauces and stocks.

How many times a week will I cook?

Two or three days per week

Is it worth coming here for three hours a day?

Ya! You want to be able to be here all day!

Is this class fun or not?

This class is great, except for the cleaning!

How hard is this class?

The hardest part is being organized because along with the cooking there is math, vocabulary, spelling, article reports, and other assignments.

Do you have a bakery?

There is no separate bakery, but we do a lot of baking, especially pies at Thanksgiving.

Will this class help me with college?

Yes, lots of visiting students say their LCC classes are a lot like this one.

What happens in this class?

We cook, clean, do math, do spelling tests, learn vocabulary - a lot of French, and do projects.

What types of food will I be making?

Everything from sandwiches, home made chips, gourmet meals, home comfort foods, and sauces and homemade stocks.

What will we be doing on a typical day?

Class work, uniform checks, cook, clean, math, worksheets, spelling, vocabulary, dishes, learn new recipes, and work in the kitchen

How hard are the tasks?

None of the tasks are really hard, but you have to be organized!

How many days a week will I be in the kitchen?

Two to three or more depending on catering or special events.

Do we get to bake cakes in this class?

Yes - cakes, cookies, muffins, yeast breads, scones, just about anything you want if you present the idea.

How many people are in the class?

24 in each session

Where will I be able to work?

At restaurants and cafés, like the University club, Golden Rose, etc.

Is Culinary Arts/Hospitality a one year or two year program?

Both programs can be one or two years.

What do students do in year one?

Students begin their background knowledge in Culinary Arts with cooking conversions and math practice and basic knowledge in traditional food preparation techniques and knife usage.

Students begin their background knowledge in Hospitality with a) cooking conversions, math and basic food preparation and knife usage, b) travel & tourism through technical terms, work sheets and independent and group research projects.

What do students do in year two?

In their second year they continue their practice in traditional food preparation and knife usage, increased technical terms, and may be awarded a work experience with a grade of 80% or better in both academics and work habits. There is a greater application of kitchen skills and travel and tourism terms and projects.

Where do students work and what do they do?

Students may work any where that has a kitchen - for example restaurants and hotels.

What is the work experience part of this class?

Students can complete a work experience in most any willing restaurant. After completing classroom experiences, students can work with our industry partners. Students work at places like Golden Rose, Kellogg Center, Gilberts, and University Club. While working students may be prep cooks, caterers, or housekeepers and work on the line, transport and set up caterings or learn how to clean rooms in a hotel.

According to the current students, what do they know now they wish they knew before enrolling?

  • How much standing there would be
  • How good the food is.
  • That we had to do article reports
  • What kinds of things we cook
  • That uniform checks were critical to your grade
  • I wish I knew that everything is like you have to hurry up. I wish there was a little more time to work on things.
  • You have to work really hard
  • How much work we will do
  • That you have to do your dishes
  • How good I am

What makes this program outstanding?

  • The things we do in class
  • You get to make food and try it.
  • I get to learn with my hands.
  • The help you get with your work.
  • The people in it.
  • You get to cook.
  • The teachers.
  • Being able to cook and work with my hands.
  • The uniforms, friendly people to bond with, and the food we cook.
  • It actually helps you grow up. I feel like I'm more adult.
  • The teachers are great and they know a lot and they are very helpful.
  • It is exactly what I want for my future. The teachers are nice. It can help me go to Culinary School.
  • The fun we have in this class.
  • The people.
  • Making new friends and meeting new people. Also, doing what you want to do with your life.
  • Using restaurant equipment such as butane burners and convection ovens.
  • The freedom, creativity, and choices we're allowed.
  • The freedom to choose.

What makes this program interesting?

  • Teachers
  • Everything
  • All the prep you learn to do
  • The food
  • People
  • The recipes
  • Your imagination goes to the wildest
  • That we actually do cook
  • Being able to work and cook with my hands
  • The things we learn and cooking is always interesting
  • How people work in Hospitality for a living
  • The people. The different foods and tools.
  • The different things we make in class.
  • This program is interesting because you learn something new every day.
  • Cooking
  • Some of the things I make