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NC K-12 Culinary Institute for School Nutrition Managers - Summer 2018

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Section, in cooperation with Chef Cyndie Story and K-12 Team, is offering The NC K-12 Culinary Institute again in summer 2018. The workshop features face-to-face and online instruction for school nutrition personnel to enhance these healthy dining objectives:

  • Improve student health, well-being and academic success through nutritious, appealing meals at school
  • Increase participation in high quality, enticing school nutrition programs
  • Expand capacity of local school nutrition programs to purchase, prepare and serve fresh, locally grown produce
  • Increase consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain rich foods
    Provide continuing education opportunities for school nutrition personnel

The culinary school course components are planned to include menus using scratch, convenience, and modified scratch products and techniques. Recipes will also include North Carolina Farm to School items, step-by-step photography, and instructions written for production amounts consistent with pack or pan sizes commonly available and used in school kitchens.

Course Goals & Objectives

The course is designed especially for School Nutrition Managers who will become Chef Ambassadors. It is expected they will “Teach It Forward” many of the concepts learned at the Institute. Instructional segments are planned for topics such as knife skills, weighing and measuring accurately, preparing foods for just-in-time service, work simplification and scheduling, effective use of equipment, and quality food preparation and service for a variety of meats, grains, fruits, vegetables, and condiments. A “Teach it Forward” toolkit, including 15-minute modules or “Short Sets” on many of the topics, will be provided to the School Nutrition Manager participants so that they can return to the School Food Authority (SFA) as Chef Ambassadors and teach other managers and associates important food production and merchandising techniques. In addition, a limited amount of small equipment will be provided to assist with teaching upon return to the SFA.

Upon completion of the course attendees will be expected to “Teach it Forward” and complete quarterly surveys reporting activities.

How to Get Started

CLICK HERE to complete the application and start the process for acceptance in the North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute. Participants who are accepted will be notified in April. We are unsure if funds will be available for travel reimbursements for all participants and will notify School Nutrition Administrators if grants are approved.

Have Questions?  Need Assistance?

Please contact for additional information.

Scheduled Dates & Locations

DateWorkshop Locations

July 17-19

South Central High School
570 West Forlines Rd
Winterville, NC 28590
Havelock Elementary School
201 Cunningham Blvd.
Havelock, NC 28532

July 24-26

Hawfields Middle School
1951 S. NC119
Mebane, NC 27302
Sandy Grove Middle School
300 Chason Rd
Lumber Bridge, NC 28357

July 31 - August 2

Ashley High School
555 Halyburton Memorial Pkwy
Wilmington, NC 28412
Starmount Middle School
2626 Longtown Rd
Boonville, NC 27011

August 7-9

Asheville Middle School
197 S French Broad Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
Bertie High School
716 U S HWY 13 N
Windsor, NC  27983

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