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Culinary Arts Academy

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Academy Overview

Pine Forest High School's Culinary Arts Academy was named "Academy of the Year" by the Escambia County School District for the 2016-17 school year!

The Culinary Arts Program is a School-to-Work program. Our number one priority is to prepare students for the workforce by equipping students with industry certifications to help students enter the workforce with knowledge and skills needed to be successful. 

The Pro-Start curriculum was written and is supported by the Education Foundation of the National Restaurant and Lodging Association. Students develop skills in career and job opportunities, basic food preparation, personal productivity, safety and sanitary work procedures, commercial tools and equipment, nutrition and work ethics. Students will acquire skills for a wide range of food service careers that include but are not limited to Executive Chef, Restaurant Manager, Teacher, Research/Nutritional Chef, Food Editor/Stylist, Sales/Marketing Director Facilities Designer, Food Purchasing Director, and Banquet/Catering Director. Students are also offered the opportunity to qualify for Bright Futures/Gold Seal scholarships. Additionally, students who successfully complete the program will test for PROSTART industry certifications including Safe Staff, Serve Safe Food Handler Certification, and the National ProStart Certificate of Achievement. To further enhance the Culinary Arts Program, Pine Forest High School participates in the On-the-Job Training (OJT) portion of the course. Students gain valuable experience and education in the field of food service from mentors. 

Students with Senator Matt GaetzStudents have the opportunity to volunteer for various after school events throughout the year. Culinary2

Students have the opportunity to obtain the Servsafe Manager certification. 


Chefs from Universities such as Johnson and Whales, Keiser University and Pensacola State College come to give demonstrations and provide information about college choices in the culinary field. Culinary7


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