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K-12 CTE - Culinary Arts

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Overview

At Marion P. Thomas Charter School we ensure our students are college and career ready upon high school graduation.  CTE programs of study are secondary programs that prepare students to enter postsecondary education, training, and employment in high-skill, high-wage, and in-demand occupations. 

The administrator who supports the Culinary Arts Department: 

Central Office

Kyle Brown,
Supervisor of CTE (

Culinary Overview

At Marion P. Thomas Charter School, we have an award winning 3-year Culinary Arts Program, which prepares students to enter the workplace or pursue further education in Culinary post highschool graduation.  Our program aligns with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for CTE and for Culinary Arts, to ensure that students are globally competitive upon graduation from high school

The Culinary Arts Program teaches students food preparation, restaurant management, and hospitality. The program culminates with an opportunity to take college credits at Hudson County college's Culinary Arts program.  Our program competes in the annual Prostart
Culinary competition, where the students have received numerous awards.

Our state-of-the-art culinary center is structured to teach culinary arts to students as well as to provide a team building environment at Marion P Thomas High School. We focus on technique while teaching our students to prepare culinary works of art. Our students learn teamwork while creating delicious meals.

Joining Marion P Thomas’ Culinary Arts Program is the first step toward an exciting future that can take you all around the world. Our instructors are extremely talented and provide our students with the knowledge they need to be successful in culinary. 

Students will learn about the following topics while enrolled in Truman’s Culinary Arts Program:

  • Nutrition
  • Sanitation
  • Kitchen and Food Safety
  • Knife Skills
  • Culinary Terminology
  • Hospitality
  • Cooking and Baking
    • Entrees
    • Appetizers
    • Sauces
    • Casseroles
    • Salads
    • Doughs
    • Desserts

The Culinary Arts Instructional Team:


Chef Beals



Chef Clark, Chef Bernardino, and Chef Mcneil-Jeudy

Culinary Curriculum Guides

Media Technology Overview

At Marion P Thomas, our Digital media and design is a blend of technology and content. The course will use digital photography to help students learn and apply the basic elements of art and the principles of design.  The seven basic elements of photographic art: line, shape, form, texture, color, size, and depth. As a photographic artist, your knowledge and awareness of these different elements can be vital to the success of your composition and help convey the meaning of your photograph.

Our student team provides coverage of school athletic events as well as school productions.  Upon graduation from our three year program our students are prepared to work anywhere from weddings or on a film set.  Students also learn post production skills to ensure excellent pictures every time. 

The Culinary Arts Instructional Team:


Mr. Gibbs, Ms. Devoe


  • High School (9-12)
  • Intro to Video Production
  • Intro  Documentary Filmmaking
  • Advanced Filmmaking
  • Photography and Videography
  • Foundations of Computer Applications
  • Computer Science
  • Advanced Photojournalism