Cooking High School Career Pathway

If you’re interested in exploring a career in the culinary or hospitality industry after graduating from high school, our online high school culinary ooking classes can help you begin to prepare for a job in the field while you earn you diploma. You’ll complete your online high school core classes, like English, science, and math., then learn culinary basics in five elective courses Then you will start your culinary arts high school career pathway elective classes where you will learn the basics of cooking.. Your career-focused electives are transferable to the Penn Foster Catering Career Diploma Program, giving you a head start toward becoming a chef or caterer.

Chefs and Head Cooks

AVG SALARY*

$53,380/yr

NUMBER OF JOBS

148,700

State Licensing

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

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Culinary Career Pathways Courses

General High School Courses

Orientation

Humanities

English

Math

Science

Social Studies

Health & Physical Education

  • Technology Requirements - As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® Sierra Version 11.2 or later, access to a word processing program to complete written assignments, and an email account to complete this program with Penn Foster.

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FAQs

What can I do with a culinary degree?

Earning a culinary degree can help you prepare for jobs as a chef, sous chef, caterer, or even help you take the next steps toward owning your own restaurant.

 

How do you get into culinary school?

In order to get into culinary school, you’ll need to have graduated from high school or earned your GED. From there, you’ll find and apply to schools you’re interested in just like you would when you want to go to college after graduation. Most schools will look at your grades and some may even ask you to submit a portfolio or additional application requirements. With Penn Foster’s High School with Culinary Career Pathway, you’ll get a head start on learning cooking basics that can help you build the skills to be successful in the field. Your classes can also transfer to our online Caterer Career Diploma Program.

 

What do you learn in a high school culinary class?

In your high school cooking classes, you’ll cover the fundamentals of cooking including making stocks, soups, preparing a variety of poultry and beef dishes, and more.

 

Why should I become a chef?

If you’re creative and have a passion for good food, then becoming a chef after graduating from high school could be the perfect career path for you. With the need for skilled cooks expected to grow at least 6% in the next decade, now’s the perfect time to start training for an in-demand job in the restaurant industry.

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Sources:

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Chefs and Head Cooks." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed June 16, 2021


Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.