Culinary Arts
Students currently in 8-11th grades are eligible to apply.

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.

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.

At the audition:
(1) You will be scheduled for an interview with the chef instructor 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.
(2) Be prepared to be involved in an individual or group practical exam which may include, but not be limited to, weights and measures, conversions, basic knowledge of leading/mother sauces, stock making.
(3) Be prepared to get creative and provide menu or product ideas for thematic events.