Culinary Program Classes

Professional ​​Culinary Arts Program

San Diego Workforce Partnership
Education to Career Network

I love the Professional Baking classes; they are the highlight of my week! Learning from such a talented and passionate teacher makes this class fun and exciting. Working together as a team in the kitchen also makes for great new friendships.

Caela B., Professional Baking & Patisserie Arts Student

Chef Arleen Lloyd

Executive Chef Arleen Lloyd has been in love with cooking since she was 5 years old. Her fascination with creating culinary magic with a few basic ingredients is the inspiration for this lifelong love affair. Having trained under notable chefs such as Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Paul Prudhomme, Nancy Silverton, along with several European chefs with Michelin star credentials, Arleen’s culinary range includes the cuisines of many cultures, as well as the fine art of baking, patisserie and the chocolate arts. Arleen’s experience touches all sides of the industry. She owned a catering company with retail and wholesale divisions in Miami, FL, where she catered extravagant events for corporate clients and supplied restaurants with specialty baked goods. She has cooked and taught throughout the world and her travels are always an exploration into the nuances of cultural cooking; the how, the why and the joy of sharing local food. She is a cookbook author, business consultant and has served on an advisory board for Kraft Foods developing new products for the marketplace.

Arleen is currently the Executive Chef of Alchemy of the Hearth Culinary School, training those who possess a passion to pursue a career within the food industry at all levels. Her years of experience creating delectable foods which nurture the mind, body and spirit emphasize her philosophy that cooking and baking are a meditation on all that is sacred.

Professional Baking & Patisserie

Holiday Enhancement

Registration Fee: $75
Join us as we explore the magical world of holiday baking from cookies to the famed Bûche de Noël otherwise known as the Yule log. Please wear closed toe shoes, bring an apron, and containers to carry your creations home.

061225     M/W    5:30 - 9 pm    11/27-12/13    Lloyd    VHS/Panther Café

Professional Culinary

Holiday Enhancement

Registration Fee: $75
Executive Chef Arleen Lloyd knows what it's like to make 100's of appetizers, canapés and hors d’oeuvres in one sitting. Join her as she teaches you the secrets and tricks of making delectable party food that will put the WOW in your holiday celebration. Please wear closed toe shoes, bring an apron, and containers to carry your creations home.

061226    T/Th    6 - 9 pm    11/28-12/14    Lloyd    VHS/Panther Café

Professional Baking & Patisserie I

Registration Fee: $150 (Book required.)
This course is designed to introduce students to the exciting world of Professional Baking and Patisserie. Students will learn the fundamentals of baking items such as Croissants, Danish, Puff Pastry, Cookies, Cakes, Tarts, Pies and an introduction to yeast bread. It is highly recommended students take Professional Baking & Patisserie Theory and Fundamentals prior to this class. Required textbook: Professional Baking, 7th edition, by Wayne Gisslen.

061214    T/Th    5:30 - 9 pm    1/9-3/8    Lloyd    VHS/Panther Café

Business of Food

Registration Fee: $75 (Book required.)
The Business of Food is a comprehensive program geared towards teaching the necessary fundamentals of running a food operation. You'll learn about Culinary Math, Food Cost and Pricing, Menu Planning, Product Sourcing, Retail and Wholesale Business Practices, Product Development, Packaging, Distribution, Advertising and Promotion, Brick & Mortar and Online Operations. Required textbook: The Culinary Institute of America Math for the Professional Kitchen by Laura Dreesen, Michael Nothnagel and Susan Wysocki and The Book of Yields, eighth edition by Francis T. Lynch.

061230    M/W    6 - 9 pm    1/8-3/7    Lloyd    Sunset/302

Do you have a passion for working with food like no one else? Do you crave an opportunity in the culinary, restaurant, or hospitality industry? Well, here is the recipe for success—a career in Culinary Arts! Our program is designed to prepare students for exciting careers in one of San Diego County's most in demand industries –Culinary and Hospitality!

Opportunities include Chef, Prep Cook, Kitchen Manger, Hospital Food Services, Wait Staff, and much more. We offer a fun, exhilarating, and intense program where students have the opportunity to learn not only the fundamentals of cooking but more advanced techniques as well. Our multi-level program combines preparation, food safety, and business management skills, and it is taught by experienced chefs.

Program is located in the state of the art Industrial Kitchen at Vista High School.

Looking for a one day class?  Check out our Community Ed Cooking Classes.