Culinary Institute

Culinary Institute is a week-long, full-day program that educates students in grades 5-8 in food safety, food preparation and the culinary arts. Participants use Manchester Community College’s and Great Path Academy’s state-of-the-art culinary labs to strengthen their skills in the culinary arts.

Culinary Institute I: Intro to the Culinary Arts

In this fun, hands-on, experience-based course, students will explore and strengthen their culinary skills. Under the guidance of experienced and professionally trained chef and certified culinary arts teacher, Chef Josh, students will cook diverse dishes each day and celebrate their skills by treating their families to a buffet on Friday. While cooking independently and in small groups, students will learn and practice baking, sautéing, frying, whisking, folding and stirring, and knife skills, just to name a few. Chef Josh will explain kitchen safety and sanitation, menu development, principles of hospitality, plating, garnishing and more. Students of all culinary skill levels are accepted, but students must be able to follow directions and safety practices in the kitchen. If your young chef has a passion for cooking and baking, join us for this unique program!

Tuition includes materials fee. Students must wear slip resistant shoes.

  • Grades: 5-8 (The youngest students must have completed 5th grade)
  • Instructor: Chef Joshua Ogrodowski
  • Please see the current summer catalog for prices, dates, times and other information.

More about Chef Josh

Joshua Ogrodowski is currently a Connecticut-certified Culinary Arts Teacher/Serv Safe Instructor and teaches grades 9-12 at Enfield High School. He earned an associate degree in culinary arts, a bachelor’s degree in culinary nutrition and a master of arts in teaching in foodservice education from Johnson & Wales University. During his time at Johnson & Wales, he worked as a teaching assistant and fellow for the college, working procurement and events. He also completed his student teaching at Diman Regional Vocational High School in Fall River, MA, where Emeril Lagasse graduated. Prior to his career in teaching, he worked for 12 years in various foodservice establishments from restaurants to country clubs, working up to a supervisory position.


Our culinary program fills up quickly! Be sure to register ASAP! 

To register, please complete a registration form and health and safety form.  All forms can be found here.  Forms can be faxed, mailed, or dropped off.

Sorry, this program is not eligible for scholarships or discounts.