January 1, 2016

Culinary Arts


half-day / 2 years / 3 elective credits per year / science credit upon completion  Program of Study Sheet
Instructor: Cheryl Niedzwiecki
Burlington Technical Center culinary arts students operate The Champlain Cafe (located next to the BTC Cafeteria) and is open to the public on most Fridays. Reservations are necessary for our pre-fixe menu that changes every week. Seatings are from 11:50am until 1:00pm and we also offer take out meals. All meals are $7.00 each and include an entree, bread, dessert, coffee and tea. For menu information check out our weekly menu on Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to be added to our email list for the Google form please contact Cheryl Niedzwiecki at 802-864-8426, ext. 12121 or at cniedzwi@bsdvt.org

The Culinary Arts program at Burlington Technical Center encompasses many aspects of the foodservice industry including practicing and mastering essential safety and sanitation standards, cooking and baking methods, menu and recipe development, nutrition, global cuisine, restaurant management, entrepreneurship, table service and employability skills such as time management, communication and reliability. Success starts with learning basics skills and then building on this foundation. This is a very important part of beginning any career included in the hospitality career path. Students will practice their skills as they operate a full service restaurant as well as fulfilling requests for special events and baked goods. Also included within this program is career readiness  and exploration of many different types of culinary related jobs such as food stylist, banquet chef, pastry chef, food scientist, food journalist, food sales and marketing, just to name a few. Students will also have the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized credential, either ServSafe Food Safety Manager, or ServSafe Food Safety Handler at the discretion of the instructor. This certification is valid for five years and is renewable by taking the required assessment. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in various culinary competitions sponsored by post-secondary institutions and career and technical student organizations such as Skills USA.

Articulation agreements and dual enrollment are currently being explored for students to continue their culinary education once they complete their program at Burlington Technical Center.


Learn about food safety and sanitation of equipment, work areas and storage.


Learn to prep and prepare a variety of foods including salads, meats, poultry, fish, soups, gourmet entrees, vegetables, breads and desserts.


Learn the essential duties of the front and back of the house like Menu and Recipe Development, Cost Control and Cash Handling, Customer Service, Management and Entrepreneurship and Employability Skills for the Hospitality Industry.


Exploration of industry related organizations such as the American Culinary Federation and competitive events such as Commercial Baking and Culinary Arts in Skills USA.

In addition to in-school activities, students will have the opportunity to attend field trips to various businesses that relate to the hospitality industry, as well as meet with admission representatives from post-secondary institutions offering culinary arts, baking, and/or hospitality management programs.

Students may also have the opportunity to be involved in co-operative education, which will give them valuable experience to prepare for their chosen field of study.

Whether a student is looking to further their education in culinary arts, baking, or hospitality after completion of the program, or they are planning on working in the industry directly after graduation, the Culinary Arts program at Burlington Technical Center has many opportunities waiting to be explored! 

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