The next culinary class in Newark and Milford begins Monday, June 5! Apply today!

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Interested in catering services? The Culinary School is providing catering services! Click here to learn more!

The Culinary School is in need of adults to serve as mentors to students! Download the following forms to apply! Culinary background not required! Click here to learn more!

The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware provides valuable job training to
adults. The 14-week program includes 12 weeks (daytime hours) of hands-on training in basic and high-end kitchen skills, safe food handling and life skills. For a list of frequently asked questions or information about the student funding process, please click here.

The 12-week training culminates with a two-week paid internship at a food service
company, restaurant or catering company. The school is a certified trade school by the Delaware Department of Education.

The mission of The Culinary School is two-fold. First students are taught skills that are highly desirable to employers in the food industry and second, these newly developed skills have the potential to lead to jobs in the industry that provide job security and economic sustainability.

Under the direction of the Food Bank’s Executive Chef Tim Hunter and Chef Instructors Donnie Stephens and Tish Badamshin students are introduced to a commercial kitchen, learn culinary mathematics, basic cooking techniques, presentation and baking skills, knife handling basics, ServSafe® food safety skills and more.

A Business Advisory Council made up of restaurant owners and food industry leaders helps to implement new programs, advises on curriculum matters and its members serve as expert speakers on culinary and life skills topics.

Community partnerships are central to The Culinary School’s success. Just some of the organizations that collaborate with the school include JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware Restaurant Association, Desserts by Dana, Harry’s Savoy Grill, Sodexo, Aramark Food Services, Capital One 360, Iron Hill Brewery, Small Business Development Center, YWCA and others.

Since the school’s inception, The Culinary School has graduated more than 500 students.

To learn more about The Culinary School, please contact Jessica Neal at (302) 292-1305 ext 265 (New Castle County) or contact Ruthann Messick (Kent and Sussex Counties) at or (302) 424-3301 ext 107.

Interested in sponsoring a student or donating to the program? Please click here!