Student makes the right turn toward success in Culinary School program

April 22, 2019

Kameron Mason was all smiles, basking in the glow of success and accomplishment because his seafood gumbo prepared in what he called “refined Southern style” ranked first. The best!

Kameron is about to graduate from the Food Bank of Delaware’s Culinary School in Milford, and that’s an experience he never dreamed he would have.

The Smyrna resident – originally from Chester, Pa. – explained that his life wasn’t always about positive achievements.

“I went down the wrong path,” he explained. But he made the effort to earn his GED and enroll in The Culinary School, an opportunity he learned about while in a work release program.

The Culinary School is a 14-week program for people in transition to learn basic and high-end kitchen skills, ServSafe training, and life skills. The program includes 12 weeks of kitchen and classroom instruction, culminating with a 2-week paid work experience.

Kameron knows he made a great decision.

“This is what I always wanted, but I never had the means or funds. I had no experience, but I was taught a lot from day one. Chef Tish (Badamshin, chef instructor) is a great teacher,” he said.

Like many of the Culinary School students, a lack of previous culinary experience was no obstacle to success. He also created a crowd-pleasing macaroni and cheese for the student competition and boasts about his alfredo sauce.

More importantly, he is looking forward to a bright future. “I would like to be like Chef Tish someday,” he said. Meanwhile, he will gain experience in a local kitchen.

Click here for more information on how to become a Culinary School student.

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