Culinary School Student Spotlight: Bernard Woods

June 28, 2019

By Kate Grabowski, Communications Intern

Bernard is ready to make his dreams a reality. Thanks to the training he is receiving from The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware, his goals of opening a deli and starting a food truck with his sister are becoming obtainable.

Already aware of the Food Bank’s mission, Bernard was excited to learn about all the opportunities the Delaware Food Works program had to offer him, especially The Culinary School.

The Culinary School is giving Bernard the direction he needs. With a family full of cooks, it was easy for him to conclude that it was time for him to learn the ins and outs of the kitchen.

In addition to developing his kitchen and knife skills, Bernard is also developing his passion for the culinary arts.

The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware is a 14-week long program that offers its participants, like Bernard, valuable job training, hands-on training in basic and high-end kitchen skills, safe food handling, and life skills. The Culinary School even gives its students a chance to get paid work experience at a food service company, restaurant, or catering company.

Since starting the program, Bernard has a new found outlook on life and work, “I now know I can do anything as long as I put my mind to it,” he explains.

Bernard commends his new outlook and love for work to Executive Chef Tim Hunter and Workforce Development Program Manager Lisa Grinnage. “Since the first day, I have felt a family type of love,” he says. “When you find something that you love, you have to treasure that and not take it for granted.”

Excited about the future, Bernard exclaims, “I’m ready to do this, I’m ready to get my truck on the road.”

Do you have similar dreams and passions as Bernard? The next class of The Culinary School in Newark and Milford begins September 3. Click here to learn more!

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