The Culinary Arts program is designed to prepare those students who wish to enter the competitive field of professional cooking. The course is aligned with the American Culinary Federation standards. The emphasis of the curriculum is classical culinary technique and vocabulary, business and industry standards and trends, and creative development. The culinary lab for the class is a large commercial kitchen that is licensed and approved by the State of Maine. The students work with all the same equipment and organizational tools that are found in professional kitchens. The national Serve Safe Food handler exam is given in the first quarter of the program as a nationally recognized standard of food safety. Upon passing the Serve Safe exam the student will receive a certificate of completion that is good for five years that qualifies them as a safe food handler.