Culinary Science


    Culinary Science I P introduces students to theories and hands-on experience in the field of culinary arts, including an introduction to the world of food preparation, travel, and the tourism industry.

    Selection of skills and knowledge learned throughout the course:

    • Fundamentals of food preparation and presentation
    • Kitchen safety and sanitation
    • Nutrition
    • Menu development
    • Event planning
    • Food-cost & control
    • Customer service and entrepreneurship
    • Management skills
    • Culinary skills
    • Knife skills
    • Pastry

    Students will acquire culinary skills needed for careers in the restaurant, travel, catering, and food service industries.


    Culinary Science II P expands students’ knowledge and skills by providing the opportunity to work in an industry grade commercial kitchen setting, as well as opportunities to interact with industry partners and experts via guest presentations and/or visiting local industries.

    Students will participate by completing a variety of advanced level hands-on tasks and longer projects that serve to assist them in demonstrating competency in all phases of food service and food production.

    Students will participate in a capstone project and a series of labs that progress toward mastery of the college and career readiness skills, and competencies for an entry level position. Students will acquire entry level culinary skills needed for careers in the restaurant, travel, catering, and food service industries.


    Certifications available

    • ServSafe Food Handler's Certification


    • Students receive a total of 30 elective credits

    Articulations/Dual Enrollment

    • College Credit available through Diablo Valley College

    Other benefits

    • UC “g” Course Credit
    • Students have the opportunity to participate in the SkillsUSA Competition.

    Eligibility & Requirements

    • High school junior or senior
    • Student must be enrolled in one of the following districts: Castro Valley USD, Hayward USD, San Leandro USD, or San Lorenzo USD.



    No cost for high school students.