Practicum in Culinary Arts/ Extended Practicum in Culinary Arts
Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
Students learn knowledge and skills focusing on communication, time management, and customer service that meet industry standards. Students will explore the history of the hospitality and tourism industry and examine characteristics needed for success in that industry.
Introduction to Culinary Arts
Students will develop an understanding of the operation of a well-run restaurant. Introduction to Culinary Arts will provide insight into food production skills, various levels of industry management, and hospitality skills. This is an entry level course for students interested in pursuing a career in the food service industry. This course is offered as a classroom and laboratory-based course.
Students learn the fundamentals and principles of the art of cooking and the science of baking and includes management and production skills and techniques. Students can pursue a national sanitation certification or other appropriate industry certifications. This course is offered as a laboratory-based course.
Practicum in Culinary Arts
Integration of academic and career and technical education; provides more interdisciplinary instruction; and supports strong partnerships among schools, businesses, and community institutions with the goal of preparing students with a variety of skills in a fast-changing workplace. Students will have the opportunity to work in the Byron Bistro.
Our courses take up a lot of your schedule Junior and Senior year. Students need to be prepared to maintain a C average in all courses in order to have enough room in their schedule to accommodate the double and triple blocks.
Chef Hooker brings a wealth of knowledge from her time and experience at various operations. She attended Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, SC, where she received her AOS in Culinary Arts and her BS in Food Service Management. She completed her MBA in Hospitality Management in 2011 and received her Certified Chef de Cuisine and Certified Culinary Educator from the American Culinary Federation. Chef Hooker served as Assistant Director of Culinary Education at The Art Institute of Dallas, and also as a Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Dallas, TX. Most recently, Chef Hooker was the Executive Chef for Southern Methodist University. Chef Hooker is focused on quality and execution and is excited to bring her passion to the Byron Nelson High School community.
Chef Maher has spent the last twenty years working in the food industry where he was in charge of kitchens in major corporations such as The Cheesecake Factory, La Madeleine, HEB Corporation (Central Market), Eatzi’s and many others. Chef Maher was also the Chef/Owner of his own fine dining restaurant, Mirabelle, where he was rated a 4-star restaurant for eight years in the Dallas area.
Chef Maher teaches Practicum of Culinary Arts Extended where students are in charge of operating and maintaining the restaurant at the Culinary Academy, Byron Bistro
Mrs. Reese is a graduate from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana with an extensive background in Culinary & Hospitality Management. With a vast knowledge of the industry, Mrs. Reese looks forward to inspiring students in a career she’s grown to love. Mrs. Reese has trained and managed teams in school cafeterias, Eli Lilly, Lockheed Martin as well as school Administrative Dining. Mrs. Reese enjoys inspiring students with zeal to be the absolute best version of themselves.
Mrs. Reese teaches Principles of Hospitality & Tourism, Introduction to Culinary Arts