Culinary Arts

Students currently in 8th-11th grades may apply.

The Culinary Arts Department offers a four-year course of study for talented and disciplined students who aspire to be chefs and/or foresee a career within the broad scope of culinary. NOCCA's Culinary Arts program, developed in collaboration with the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, features 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 industry leading 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.

Include with your completed application:

    • An essay explaining what culinary means to you, including your relationship with food and how culinary affects your daily life.
    • A short video (2 mins max) of you cooking and explaining your favorite dish.
    • A short video (1 min max) of you demonstrating your knife skills. Knife Skills Demo
  • During the audition:
    • You will be scheduled for an online interview with one or more of the chef instructors who will ask you a series of questions about your experiences, expertise and commitment. Prepare to discuss your interest in culinary arts, what or who inspires you, and any experience or training. A second interview may be required.
    • Be prepared to be involved in an individual or group discussion which may include, but not be limited to, weights and measures, product identification, basic knowledge of cooking techniques, stock making. Weights and Measurements
    • Be prepared to get creative and provide menu or product ideas for thematic events.


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Terence Jackson

Culinary Arts Gardener Instructor
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