NOCCA introduced Culinary Arts to its renowned arts conservatory curriculum in 2011. The 4 year master-apprentice program has welcomed over 70 students.
“My grandmother inspired me growing up in the kitchen, but my idol is Emeril Lagasse.” - Janee Taylor, NOCCA culinary arts graduate
Teaching Culinary as an Artform
NOCCA created a 4-year high school culinary arts program for aspiring chefs, the first of its kind in the country. In 2011, after 5 years of planning and pilot programs, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Culinary Arts studio opened its doors to passionate and talented young people. in classes concentrating on hands-on training and technique, students work side by side with leading master chefs who serve as professional mentors.
A beneficiary since 2006, NOCCA opened the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Culinary Arts Studio in 2011.