The next culinary class in Milford and Newark begins July 6! Due to COVID-19, the class will meet remotely and in a small in-person group setting.  

Students must be available Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for the training. 

Apply today!

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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 work experience at a food servicecompany, 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 Instructor 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

Since the school’s inception, The Culinary School has graduated more than 800 students!

To learn more about The Culinary School, please contact Lisa Grinnage 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!

Thank you to our generous funders: Delaware Department of Labor, Delaware Vocational Rehabilitation, Delaware WONDER, USDA, Barclays, Capital One, Comenity Bank, Chase, Delmarva Power, Matt Haley Trust, State Farm and Wells Fargo

Thank you to our employment/work experience partners!

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