Culinary School Spotlight: Terrence Kelly

June 27, 2016

By Joanna Scatasti, Communications Intern 

With a smile so big it could touch both of his ears, Terrence Kelly possesses much enthusiasm about his enrollment in our culinary arts training program called The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware.  He heard about the program through EDSI, a program that assists individuals with the transition from unemployment to employment and from under-employment to self-sufficiency. This program is sanctioned through Delaware’s Division of Social Services.

Terrence has been looking for an opportunity to improve his life.  So, when chance to enroll in The Culinary School presented itself, he gladly jumped on it.

“This is something I wanted to do years ago, but I’ve never really had the time because I was always working somewhere else,” he said. “I figured I could never fit it in. But when the opportunity came, I said, ‘Sure! I’d be glad to jump in there and take hold.’”

The Culinary School prepares adults for entry-level employment in the food service industry. For Terrence, this program was the perfect fit.  “My daughter is going to college now so I definitely needed a job.  I want to provide for her not only financially, but also spiritually.  She is the most important thing in my life, well, besides God,” he said with a big smile.

Terrence’s main goal is to intern at a local food service company and land a job where he can grow.  An aspiring pastry chef, Terrence hopes to use his current skills and learn new ones along the way, so he can pursue his dream job.  Like many others, Terrence plans to continue his education at Delaware Technical Community College so that he can hone his baking skills.

His advice to others thinking about joining the program? “If you feel that you wanted to do this before, it’s never too late.  If the opportunity comes, grab it and seize it and enjoy the moment.  There is a lot of stuff that you can really learn.”

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