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The Pennsylvania Department of Education, through Penn State (Project PA) will be offering hands-on Culinary Training Sessions for School Food Service Personnel led by a certified chef for school food service personnel from the School District of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Public Schools. These sessions are designed to help you plan, prepare, and present attractive meals that students will enjoy.



Dates Site Time
August 2nd/3rd, 2021 Lincoln High School
3201 Ryan Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19136
Day 1: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Day 2: 8:00am – 3:00pm
August 16th/17th, 2021 Pittsburgh Public Schools Food Service
8 South 13th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-1230
Day 1: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Day 2: 8:00am – 3:00pm


Attending one of these training sessions will make your school eligible to apply for a $2,500 mini-grant to extend the culinary training lessons in your school. Additional information about this opportunity will be provided at the session. Attendance at a session does not guarantee receipt of this funding.


Session Evaluation
We will be evaluating the effectiveness of these sessions in collaboration with social scientists from Applied Curiosity Research to improve the program for the future. If you participate in a session, you will be asked to participate in this evaluation by completing an on-line survey before the session and few follow-up surveys later on. You may also be asked to share a copy of your school’s lunch menu if it is not readily available on-line.


Registration is free. Space at these sessions is limited. Registration is first-come, first-served. Registration will close when the session fills.

  • Registration is limited to no more than two individuals per school. If additional individuals from the same school would like to attend, they must sign up for the waiting list.
  • If space is available one month prior to a session individuals on the waiting list will be invited to attend.


Use the links at the upper left of this page under the heading "Register Here" to begin the registration process.
For questions about registration, send e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Session Information
These are hands-on sessions led by a certified chef. Participants will be preparing recipes that will be served for lunch.

Topics to be covered will include knife skills, vegetable cookery, salads and dressings, dried beans/legumes and grains, seasonings and flavorings, food presentation, and more.

Each participant should bring the following:

  • Chef-type knife (sharp and in good condition) with either an 8” or 10” blade* (Please transport in a safe manner.)
  • A 15” x 20” poly-type cutting board (white or green)*
  • Vegetable peeler*
  • Apron

*Please label these items with your name to ensure that you leave with the items you brought. You will need the items listed above each day.

The sessions involve hands-on food preparation and demonstrations. You will be standing for much of the time. If you have difficulty standing for long periods of time you may want to bring an anti-fatigue mat.

Because these are hands-on sessions, please wear appropriate food preparation attire (e.g. closed-toe shoes, etc.).

These sessions will provide 14 hours of continuing education credit.



These sessions are funded through a 2019 USDA Team Nutrition Training Grant.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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