Career Technical Program

Contact Information

Principal - Zachary McWhorter

Career Technical Supervisor - Julie Godfrey

Phone: 205 682-6650

Fax: 205 682-6655


Culinary Arts

H. High

Instructor: Leah Van Deren

  • Certified Culinary Professional with American Culinary Federation
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Consumer Foods and Nutrition from Virginia Tech
  • Associate’s Degree from Jefferson State Community College in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management
  • Pursuing Master’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences at Montevallo

Work Experience

  • 18 years work experience in various culinary roles including personal chef, Test Kitchen Professional, Recipe Developer, Food Stylist and Head Chef


Q: Summary of Program

A: Our culinary program aims to teach students the basic fundamental culinary needed to pursue a culinary degree or work in the food industry. Each year we build upon these skills by working in the culinary lab, going on industry related field trips, participating in local food competitions and partnering with Jeff State for students to take college level courses while in high school. Upon completion of our program, students have the opportunity to be ServSafe Manager certified, an industry recognized credential. We are also using the ProStart curriculum where students can obtain a ProStart certificate upon completion of the course, and this is another industry recognized certification to help our students.

Q: What are the prerequisite skills needed to begin in the program, if any:

A: None

Q: What credentials or certificates can be obtained in a 1, 2, and 3 year period in the program:

A: ServSafe Manager Certification, Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit with Jefferson State Culinary Program, ProStart Certification

Q: What post-secondary options are available:

A: Culinary School, 4 year college

Q: Where to go find more information:

A:  Work: (205) 682-6593;  Email: 
Brochure: Culinary Arts Brochure   

Note:I am here to help your student have the best culinary experience possible and to help them obtain a career in culinary or pursue a culinary degree. I love to help students with job placement in the culinary field and see them succeed!