Culinary Arts

Express your creativity in the world of fine food through the Culinary Arts program. Skills like menu planning and design, nutrition, food preparation and service, sanitation, safety, inventory control and calculation of food quantities are all topics that will be taught in this career-driven program.

Students enrolled in the program operate Cafe Lee, a practice restaurant located on the D. Russel Lee campus. Health and safety regulations require that a uniform be worn while in the culinary lab. A uniform consists of a standard chef’s coat, checkered chef’s pants, closed-toe shoes and a chef’s hat. Students will also purchase a professional knife kit.

College Tech Prep

Butler Tech Culinary Arts is a College Tech Prep program. It combines college-like instruction with hands-on activities to prepare students for the technical occupations of the future and to provide a pathway to an associate degree or beyond.

College Tech Prep programs provide advanced skills in math, science, communication, and technologies. The College Tech Prep program combines academic and job skills at all educational levels. Courses are designed by local business, industry and labor representatives, in addition to high school teachers and college faculty.

Industry-Recognized Credentials

Students have the opportunity to earn:

  • ServeSafe certification
  • CPR


Culinary Arts is a full-time program for high school juniors and seniors. Students will apply during their sophomore year.

Student Organization

Family Career & Community Leaders of America

Program Costs

  • FCCLA fee  $25
  • Uniforms (approximate)  $100
  • Knife kit  TBD

Career Outlook

An education in culinary arts can open doors to the following careers in hotels, restaurants, country clubs and commercial bakeries:

  • Executive chef
  • Baker
  • Restaurant owner
  • Caterer
  • Personal cook
  • Food stylist
  • Maître d’
  • Baker
  • Pastry chef

The following colleges actively recruit Butler Tech culinary arts students:

  • Hocking College
  • Sinclair College
  • Johnson & Wales
  • Sullivan University
  • Midwest Culinary Institute
  • The Art Institutes
  • Pennsylvania Culinary Institute
  • The Culinary Institute of America