Culinary School Spotlight: Jason McLeish

July 31, 2019

By Kate Grabowski, Communications Intern

Being in the food service business for over twenty years, Jason McLeish saw the Food Bank of Delaware’s Culinary School program as a chance to learn and grow as a professional.

Jason has always loved working in food service, so when he discovered the Food Bank’s Culinary School he was excited by the prospect of receiving his certification and “working on a new journey.”

The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware provides valuable job training to adults. It is a 14-week program that includes hands-on training in basic and high-end kitchen skills, safe food handling, and life skills. At the end of the program, students spend a two-week period receiving a paid work experience at a food service company.

Jason’s favorite part of the program is the people. He accredits his success in the program to Ms. Lisa, Chef Tim, Iskeisha, and his fellow class mate, Sade, a fellow student he considers his partner in the kitchen who pushes him to do better.

Although bittersweet, Jason is excited to complete the program. With graduation coming up on August 15th, Jason is starting to think about his future. After he receives his ServSafe certification he hopes to continue working in the food service industry as a cook, eventually climbing the ladder to higher positions.

Interested in a career in the food service industry? The next class of The Culinary School in Newark and Milford begins on Tuesday, September 3. Click here to learn more!

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