About Us

It takes a village to raise a child. Here at the Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy, parents, students, volunteers, administrators and teachers all come together to make the academy the best it can be.


About Us

Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy at Tarpon Springs High School is designated an Academy of Distinction in Pinellas County Schools. We are certified by the American Culinary Federation. Our students are fortunate to have a state-of-the-art culinary facility. This 11,600 square-foot facility includes two complete teaching kitchens with 48 student cooking stations, a 50-seat teaching kitchen/auditorium, and a 100-seat dining room/restaurant that provides students with one of the most sophisticated high school culinary arts academies in the United States.

By focusing on hands-on training, students prepare for a dynamic, rewarding career in the foodservice and hospitality industry. Students not only prepare food, they learn about nutrition, marketing, the lodging industry, hospitality industry, restaurant designing, catering, and management skills. Upon graduation, students are prepared to pursue advanced culinary training or start careers in the growing field of food preparation and restaurant management.

There are currently three chefs in residence

Chef/Director Chef Cathleen Ryan

Chef/Instructors Chef Tony De Vincenzo

Chef Vincenzo Pesce Jr.