Culinary Arts Program


Studuents from Olathe, Blue Valley and Springhill are enrolled in the Olathe Public Schools Culinary Arts Program!
To get enrolled, visit with your Career Counselor at your home school!
Culinary Arts I
To introduce students to the needed skills to be successful in all sectors of the hospitality industry through rigor, relevancy and relationship building.

Course Description
This structured Culinary Arts Program develops high-level skills and competencies demanded in the food service industry. You will have a monthly opportunity to work in the culinary restaurant. This is a sequential program (Culinary Arts I, Culinary Arts II) that prepares you for occupations and higher education programs of study related to culinary arts and the hospitality industry.

Course Objectives

  • Complete a food safety and sanitation program and pass ServSafe exam.
  • Develop menu composition skills.
  • Operate tools and equipment following safety procedures and OSHA requirements.
  • Demonstrate skills in knife and hand tools.
  • Determine and demonstrate appropriate cooking methods for a variety of foods.
  • Apply scaling and measuring techniques.
  • Prepare various baked goods and desserts.
  • Utilize herbs and spices, marinades, oils and vinegars in a variety of preparation methods.
  • Prepare food for presentation and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate the process of food costing.
  • Identify appropriate plating techniques based on effective portion control.
  • Identify types of service methods.
  • Practice back and front of the house management roles in the industry.
  • Investigate areas of legal liabilities within the industry.

Culinary Arts II

To build a management foundation based off of all the principals gained from year one in the Culinary Program and cultures that will be applied year two of the Culinary program. This will be done through rigor, relevancy, and relationships.

Course Description
This in-house training program is for the student who has an interest in the culinary industry. Areas of interest include teamwork, the decision making process, personal career skills, goal setting, leadership, business etiquette, conflict resolution, professional dress, communication, workplace ethics, career education, resume writing, finding and applying for a job, and interview preparation. You will have a monthly opportunity to manage the culinary restaurant. Upon completion of this course you will be prepared for supervisory positions in the hospitality industry.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate a deeper understanding of food safety by reviewing the principles of the ServSafe program and exploring these principles in detail
  • Show a greater understanding of a safe work environment
  • Further develop kitchen equipment skills
  • Comprehend and interpret advanced cooking principles — physical and chemical reactions, cooking methods, flavor profiles
  • Build a restaurant concept using and applying management techniques and cultures from year one and two in the program

Les Arts Culinaires

Looking for a new dining experience in Olathe? Les Arts Culinaires will introduce you to a surprising world of dining, from appetizers to dessert. You are sure to be in awe of the restaurant and its chefs. Why? Because they are award winning students and this fine dining experience is located at Olathe North High School.

Les Arts Culinaires is part of Culinary Arts program through the 21st Century High Schools. It will feature menu items selected, prepared and served by the students to the public one evening a month. The cost of the evening will be $30 a person and will include appetizer, main dish and dessert, along with beverage.

It is the mission of the Culinary Arts program to prepare students for future careers in the hospitality industry through hands-on, real-world learning experiences. This is sure to be an experience that will build on Olathe North’s strong tradition of excellence and involvement in the community.

Scholarships– The Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association Education Foundation (KRHAEF) supports students who are committed to furthering their education and enhancing their careers in the restaurant and food service industry by awarding scholarships. Over the last two years, KRHAEF has awarded over 30 thousand dollars in scholarships to deserving students. In addition to the state awards, the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) awards scholarships as well. In two years, students from Kansas have received over 56 thousand dollars in scholarships from these two foundations.