Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts Academy is a skill/attitude-based program design to assist graduating students with knowledge, skills, and hands on experience to help prepare them to work in the fast-paced and rapidly changing field of culinary arts. The combination of skills gained through this training is highly transferable to technical jobs in many sectors of the economy.

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Required Courses

  • Foods for Today
  • Ethnic Foods
  • Healthy Food, Nutrition & Wellness
  • Nutrition for Athletic Performance
  • Unified Cooking
  • Work Seminar
  • Real-World Experience

Choose at least two of the following:

  • Accounting
  • Chemistry
  • Health
  • Psychology

Recommended Courses

  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Word Processing/Keyboarding I
  • Personal Finance
  • Global Perspectives

Career Options

  • Baking and Pastry Arts/ Baker/ Pastry Chef
  • Bartending/ Bartender
  • Cooking and Related Culinary arts, general
  • Culinary Arts and related services, other
  • Culinary arts/ chef training
  • Culinary Science/ Culinology
  • Food Preparation/ Professional Cooking/ Kitchen Assistant
  • Food Service, Waiter/ Waitress, & Dining Room Management / Manager
  • Institutional Food Workers
  • Meat Cutting / Meat Cutter
  • Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/ Manager
  • Wine Steward / Sommelier

Job Skills

  • Listening Skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Customer Service
  • Organizational Skills
  • Effective Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Time Management
  • Career and Maintenance of equipment
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity

Nora Sellheim

Nora Sellheim is a graduate of Grand Forks Red River. Her Bachelor’s Degree is from North Dakota State University where she ran both cross country and track. Prior to moving to Bemidji in 2016, Nora Taught Culinary Arts for five years in Oregon. At Bemidji High School, Nora teaching Food For Today, Ethnic Foods, Food Nutrition and Wellness, Child in the Family, Child Care and Education, Own Your Own, Consumer Clothing, Advanced Clothing, Fashion Merchandising, and Creative Living. In her free time, Nora enjoys spending time with her family and being physically active.

Business & Industry Experiences / Partners

“Students in the academy will participate in job shadowing, internships, and possible part – time employment with area businesses.”

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