The Culinary Arts Department offers a four-year course of study for talented and disciplined students who aspire to be chefs. NOCCA’s Culinary Arts program was developed in collaboration with the Emeril Lagasse Foundation and supported by Johnson & Wales University, which has created the first of its kind curriculum for high school students. In classes concentrating on hands-on training and technique, students are provided the opportunity to work side by side with leading master chefs who serve as professional mentors while delivering all aspects of curriculum. Students are treated like young professionals and held to high expectations in basic cooking techniques, uniform standards, sanitation and growth of skill set.
Audition Expectations: Auditioning students are expected to present an essay describing their ambitions in culinary arts as well as a resume/list of experiences in culinary arts (restaurant or kitchen experience). Students will be scheduled for an interview with the chef instructor who will ask a series of questions about their experiences, expertise and commitment. Students will be involved in an individual or group practical exam which may include, but not be limited to, safety and sanitation, knife skills, basic cooking techniques, written or oral testing, and food product identification.
Students currently in 8-11th grades are eligible to apply.Download the Full Guide