This pathway is focused on training students for careers as bakers, chefs, food service managers and hotel managers,among other culinary roles. The pathway features ProStart, a two-year, national college-level program designed by the National Restaurant Association that offers up to 12 hours of college credit and an opportunity to earn the ProStart Certificate of Achievement. In addition, students can work with local restaurants and participate in ProStart competitions.
ProStart is a two-year, national college-level program designed by the National Restaurant Association to educate high school students in the culinary field while providing them with an opportunity to earn up to 12 hours of early college credit.
The program, offered at Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove and Rolling Meadows high schools, prepares participating students from all District schools to work in the food industry.
Students learn to plan menus, order food, prep and cook meals, manage restaurants and handle events—often taking on real-world assignments. For example, students involved with The Bison Grill, a student-run restaurant in Buffalo Grove High School, handle an average of 20 catering jobs a year for community outreach events, school meetings and professional luncheons for state and local officials.
Students in the program also visit restaurants and catering services and participate in internships. Upon completion of various courses within the program, students are tested for certifications, which help them when applying for postsecondary opportunities and culinary jobs.
Work Based Learning Experiences in culinary arts
Student interns have completed a variety of tasks in the Culinary Arts field, including, but not limited to:
- Create a new menu item at a local restaurant
- Learn and practice kitchen skills pertaining to food preparation
- Discuss the intricacies of the food and restaurant business with local owners/managers