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"Academy of the Year"

Pine Forest High School's Culinary Arts Academy was named "Academy of the Year" by the Escambia County School District for the 2016-17 school year!

Culinary Arts Academy

Academy Overview

The Culinary Arts Program is a School-to-Work program. Our number one priority is to prepare students for the workforce by equipping students with industry certifications to help students enter the workforce with knowledge and skills needed to be successful. 

The Pro-Start curriculum was written and is supported by the Education Foundation of the National Restaurant and Lodging Association. 

Students develop skills in career and job opportunities, basic food preparation, personal productivity, safety and sanitary work procedures, commercial tools  and equipment, nutrition and work ethics.

Students will acquire skills for a wide range of food service careers that include but are not limited to: Executive Chef, Restaurant Manager, Teacher, Research and Nutritional Chef, Food Editor or Stylist, Sales and Marketing Director, Food Purchasing director, and Banquet and Catering Director. 

Students are offered the opportunity to qualify for Bright Futures and Gold Seal scholarships.  Students who successfully complete the program will test for Pro-Start industry certifications, including Safe Staff, Serve Safe Food Handler and the National Pro-Start Certificate of Achievement.

To further enhance the Culinary Arts Program, PFHS participates in the "On the Job" training program.  Students gain valuable experience and education in the field of food service from mentors.

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Celebrating our Students
Students with Senator Matt Gaetz.  Students have the opportunity to volunteer for various after school events throughout the year. 
Students have the opportunity to obtain the ServSafe Manager certification.
Chefs from Universities such as Johnson and Whales, Keiser University and Pensacola State College come to give demonstrations and provide information about college choices in the culinary field.