Congratulations "Now We're Cooking" graduates


Congratulations to high school students from the Indian River, Woodbridge, and Cape Henlopen high schools for their successful completion of the Now We’re Cooking vocational foodservice training program during the 2015-2016 school year. First State held graduations for the Now We’re cooking classes from Indian River School District on May 23rd, Woodbridge School District on May 24th, Cape Henlopen School District on May 25th, and Milford School District on May 26th.

Students received certificates of completion and showcased their culinary skills through demonstrations (cutting techniques), meal preparation, catering and hostessing. These students did a tremendous job in displaying the skills they’ve gained and by providing a delicious meal and excellent service to the guests. First State is pleased to report that a few of the senior graduates have already obtained jobs in the culinary and foodservice fields. First State congratulate these hard working students for a job! We commend chef instructor, Charles Webb, teachers and staff for a phenomenal job in working with these students. Special thanks to the school /district administrators and funders for your continued support of First State’s Now We’re Cooking program.

First State's Now We're Cooking Staff:

Chef Charles Webb, Joanne Kirwan, and program managers Maryann Morris

Now We're cooking graduates from Cape Henlopen School District

Now We're Cooking graduates from Milford School District

Now We're Cooking graduates from Woodbridge School District

Now We're Cooking Graduates from Indian River School District

Kayla Strohmeyer displayed her culinary skills and courage as she demonstrated the Julianne cutting technique and one-hand dicing on a green pepper in front of her guests.

Chef Instructor Charles Webb gives a pep talk and instructions to Cape Students as they prepare to serve their catered meal.

Milford High School's Michael Green stands proudly with his certificate in hand beside his aunt.

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About the Now We’re Cooking Vocational foodservice Program:

“Now We’re Cooking” Vocational Foodservice Program, In partnership with the Cape Henlopen, Milford, Woodbridge, and Indian River School Districts, First State offers first-rate vocational food service, work readiness, and life skills training to learning disabled and non-disabled students grades 9-12. The program includes the use of current trends in nutrition, food preparation, safe food handling, sanitation, and cooking techniques that today’s changing food service industry is seeking. This training, conducted by a certified chef, provides students the skills necessary to successfully transition from high school to a work environment, therefore, empowering them to become self-sufficient.

For more about the Now We're Cooking vocational culinary arts program click here.


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