Cook for America Culinary Boot Camp

Cook for America® provides concentrated culinary training to America's school food service personnel. In a five-day boot camp, food service directors, kitchen managers, lead cooks, and support staff master the competencies necessary to run professional, cooked-from-scratch school lunch operations. The program builds skills, confidence, and self-respect among its participants—and, of course, results in healthier meals.

Major topics include: an overview of the school lunch food system from an historical and policy perspective; food safety and sanitation; culinary math; basic knife skills; foundational cooking techniques related to proteins, grains, legumes, vegetables, sauces, and baked items; menu planning; and time management.