This is a comprehensive course designed to introduce students to the nutritive value, appetite appeal, social significance and cultural aspects of food. Students will participate in cooking labs as well as a variety of classroom activities including participation in FHA-HERO activities that support Career Technical Education and common core standards. Emphasis will be on reading recipes, measuring accurately, and food preparation. Basic food science principles will be introduced. Kitchen safety and sanitation, proper use of equipment and essential job skills in the food industry will be reinforced.