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Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management
Freehold High School

For additional information, contact Catherine Boenig,
732-431-8360 x2008 or

Featured in National Geographic in 2014 , the Culinary Arts / Hospitality Management program equips students to turn their passions into a career by being immersed in a four-year course of study. This consists of a wide range of courses, training, experiences, and activities in the food service career path.

Students' course work is enhanced by operating all facets of a fully-functioning restaurant, the Five Star Cafe.  Located in Freehold High School, the Five Star Cafe is open to the public three days a week.  Students work both in the front and back of the house.  By operating every aspect of the restaurant, students receive instruction in culinary arts, restaurant and menu planning, executive chef functions, hospitality management, food/beverage industry operations, cost control, purchasing and storage, event planning and management, health and safety, and applicable law and regulations.  

In addition to rigorous coursework, the program enhances student involvement by providing career exploration, leadership activities, community service learning projects, and professional skill competitions, all available through SkillsUSA, a national leadership organization.  By hosting events ranging from demonstrations by local industry professionals from such organizations as Wegmans Inc. and Trinity Seafood to "Iron Chef" style competitions, our students are given ample opportunity to hone their skills.  Additionally, through SkillsUSA, students give back to the community by holding various community service events each year.  

Reaching beyond a traditional high school experience, students are prepared for the opportunity to earn the National Restaurant Association's ServSafe certification, an industry requirement.  All students graduate the program with the NOCTI Food Prep Certification.  Through robust career portfolio development, students not only gain advanced training, but can earn college credits while in the program through partnerships with several colleges and universities.

For the last 18 years, 100% of graduates have attended college or the military.  Alumni currently hold positions in all areas of the industry including Head Chocolatier at Disney Co., producer at the Food Network, sous chef at Wegmans, Inc., as well as food stylists, nutritionists, and sommeliers.  Furthermore, a graduate was a member of the first U.S. team to earn the gold at the Culinary Olympics, Bocuse D' Or in Lyon, France.  Another graduate is a sous chef at Eleven Madison Park, voted Best Restaurant in the World, 2017.  

Traditionally, the majority of the program's graduates continue their education by completing an associate, bachelor, or master level degree in various areas of the hospitality industry. Graduates have continued their hospitality education at the Culinary Institute of America, Cornell University, Johnson & Wales University, Fairleigh Dickinson, Stockton University, University of Delaware, Penn State, and many more.