Students choosing Culinary Arts as their career option learn the many facets of the ins-and-outs of the food industry through the most authentic learning experience, the operation of the fully functioning Apprentice Restaurant. The Apprentice Restaurant is a popular eatery in Turners Falls. Serving hundreds of customers throughout the school year, students learn it all: baking, cooking, prep work, serving, setup, bussing, greeting, money management, inventory cost assessment, sanitation, safety, customer service, and more. Through solid classroom instruction and operation of the Apprentice Restaurant, students truly learn the food industry trade.

The Apprentice kitchen is outfitted with commercial appliances, ranges, ovens and freezers. Cooking stations are staffed by students under the watchful eyes of Chef Ben Pike.¬† Apprentice bakers learn from Mitarho Kelly.¬† In the dining area, Maura O’Connor teaches our students the importance of hospitality and quality customer service. ¬†Students learn strong customer relations skills through direct interaction with the public.