Academy for Culinary Arts

  • The Academy for Culinary Arts program provides learners with a solid foundation of proven culinary theory on which to build a repertoire of professional skills. Emphasis is placed on current industry cooking and baking methods and techniques. Students get extensive hands-on experience in catering and serving in our commercial kitchen and dining facility.

Academy Teacher

Phone: 973-627-4600 ext. 255

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

A.S. in Culinary Arts from Culinary Institute of America- 2001 Ateneo de Manila Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies- 1997

Mr. Miguel Alfonso

Before becoming a full-time teacher, Miguel worked in a variety of jobs covering many facets of the culinary industry. For over a decade, Chef Alfonso held various roles in busy establishments in New York City, Montreal, and St. Helena, CA eventually becoming head chef of a longstanding restaurant in downtown Manhattan.  Besides chef positions, Miguel was also involved in catering (private and corporate), food styling and media, and the co-founding of an ice cream company. In this teaching role,  Miguel is fulfilling a long-held dream of sharing his knowledge and diverse experiences in the food world.

 

Chef Alfonso is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and was the recipient of the Brillat-Savarin Medal of Merit for academic achievement. A native of the Philippines, he now lives in Northern NJ with his wife and two young children.

Culinary Arts Classroom 360 View

The Culinary Arts kitchen. (Pt. 1) - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Culinary Arts Classroom 360 View

The Culinary Arts kitchen. (Pt. 2) - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Career Field - Culinary Arts

  • Career Pathways in Culinary Arts (include but are not limited to):

    General Manager •Food & Beverage Manager •Kitchen Manager •Catering & Banquets Manager •Baker•Executive Chef •Commis Chef•PastryChef•Restaurant Server •Banquet Chef•Banquet Set-Up Employee•Kitchen Steward •Research and Development Chef •Food/Beverage Wholesaler •Product Demonstrator •Personal Chef •Chef de Partie •Sous Chef

    Seniors in the Academy for Culinary Arts have completed internships with (including but not limited to):

    Osteria Morini

    Mara's Cafe and Bakery

    Beanbury

    Anthony & Sons Bakery

    Cedar Crest

    Natirar Restaurant

    Uncle Giuseppe's

    Oaks Denville

    Faubourg

    Tavern 5

    The Mansion at Ninety Acres

    Tabor Road Tavern

    The Mansion at Ninety Acres

    Tommy's Tavern and Tap

Academy Course of Study

  • 9th Grade

    Academy: Culinary Arts 1.0

    This course provides professional training in a commercial kitchen. Areas of instruction include gastronomy, sanitation, knife skills, egg cookery and basic baking. Theory work in conjunction with hands-on practice and production will provide students with these important culinary foundations. This course will provide foundational building blocks and academic skills necessary to achieve success in the culinary arts profession. Emphasis is placed on technical skills, study skills and professionalism. Upon completion, students will be able to continue on to a more advanced program of culinary arts training.

    Core Courses:

    • English 9
    • Algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II
    • Biology
    • Health and Physical Education 9
    • World History
    • World Language
    • Financial Literacy
    • Academy (see below)

    NOTE: Financial Literacy is a 2.5 credit graduation requirement that is taken along with Academy courses throughout 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. 


    10th Grade

    Academy: Culinary Arts 2.0

    This course provides a continuance of the foundational building blocks and academic skills necessary for students to achieve success in culinary arts. Areas of instruction include cooking methods development, stocks and sauces, ServSafe & OSHA-10 certification. This course emphasizes in practical cooking applications that prepare students for their senior internships.

    Core Courses:

    • English 10*
    • Geometry*, Algebra II* or Pre-Calculus*
    • Chemistry*
    • Health and Physical Education 10
    • US History I*
    • World Language
    • VPA Elective
    • Academy (see below)

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation

     


     11th Grade

    Academy: Culinary Arts 3.0

    This course builds upon Culinary Arts 1.0 and 2.0, focusing on more advanced culinary practices. Students are expected to conduct independent projects. Areas of instruction include poultry fabrication, laminated dough production and food cost control. This course also focuses on career ready practices and rigorous preparation for Senior year Structured Learning Experiences. 

    Core Courses:

    • English 11*
    • Algebra II*, Pre-Calculus*, Calculus
    • Physics*
    • Health and Physical Education 10
    • US History II*
    • World Language
    • Elective
    • Academy (see below)

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation

     


    12th Grade at MCST

    Career and Technical Education (Academy):

    • Career and Technical Education Elective (i.e. Virtual Enterprises International, Computer Science Principles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)
    • Senior Capstone
    • OR CCM for Academy coursework

    Structured Learning Experience (Graduation Requirement):

    • All Seniors must complete 120 hours of an approved internship in their respective career fields.

    Core Courses: 

    • English 12* (required)
    • Health and Physical Education 12 (required)
    • Calculus, Statistics, Foundations of College Math
    • Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology I
    • World Language*

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation

    NOTE: Financial Literacy is a 2.5 credit graduation requirement that is taken along with Academy courses throughout 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. This course is transcripted senior year, after the successful completion of the learning activities in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. If a senior has not successfully completed the financial literacy requirement, the course will be taken in 12th grade.

     


    12th Grade at County College of Morris

    Eligible Seniors may complete their Senior coursework in full or in part at County College of Morris. See School Counseling Department for more information.

    Required Courses:

    FALL

    • English Composition I (ENG111)
    • Lifetime Wellness (HED128) or PE (labeled HES)
    • Academy Course (1)

    HOS 102 Food Manaegment
    HOS 103 Food Production
    HOS 117 Intro to Baking
    HOS 118 Intro to Hospitality
    HOS 120 Hotel/Hospitality Management
    COM 104 Interpersonal Communications
    COM 109 Speech Fundamentals
    CMP126 Computer Applications (all but CIS students)
    CMP128 Computer Science 1 (all but CIS students)
    BUS 112 Introduction to Business (all but FIB students)
    ACC 110 Elements of Accounting (all but FIB students)

    SPRING

    • English Composition II (ENG112)
    • PE or Lifetime Wellness (whichever was not taken in the Fall)
    • Academy Course (1) (see above list)

    *See Guidance (School Counseling) Department for additional information on CCM courses

    Structured Learning Experience

    • All Seniors must complete 120 hours of an approved internship in their respective career field.