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Office of P-20 Education Policy
Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

Professional Cooking Workshops

The New York State Education Department will sponsor four consecutive weeks of Professional Quantity Food Preparation classes at the Madison Oneida BOCES in Verona, NY this summer. This is the same successful Professional Cooking course that has been offered since 1998.

The Professional Cooking Course is conducted by experienced school foodservice Master Instructors and is specifically designed for school cooks who prepare meals on a daily basis in schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. The objective of this training is to enhance the skills and knowledge of school foodservice personnel and instill a sense of professionalism. School foodservice personnel are on the frontline in improving the health and nutritional well-being of children through school meals, which ultimately affects classroom performance.

This course provides instruction in both classroom and kitchen settings and includes working with others to prepare foods in laboratory kitchens. Attendees will be expected to read standardized recipes, prepare food, follow directions and actively participate in the training program. This course provides 15 Professional Standards Continuing Education Training hours.

All of the training, materials, lodging, and designated meals are provided at no charge to the attendees or school/district. A small notebook and writing utensils are recommended. Transportation and associated travel costs are the responsibility of each participant and/or school/school district.

The 2019 Professional Cooking course will be offered during the following weeks:

Week 1

Monday, July 8 – Thursday, July 11

Week 2

Monday, July 15 – Thursday, July 18

Week 3

Monday, July 22 – Thursday, July 25

Week 4

Monday, July 29 – Thursday, August 1

The schedule for each 4-day session is as follows:

Day 1

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Days 2 and 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Day 4

8:00 AM – Noon

Classroom topics presented include:

  • Work simplification techniques
  • Production records
  • Standardized recipes
  • Sanitation standards
  • Smarter Lunchrooms strategies to increase participation
  • Incorporating healthy items into menus

The hands-on kitchen portion of the course occurs the afternoon of Day 2 and the entire Day 3 and includes:

  • Food production using standardized recipes: batch cooking, using leftovers, etc.
  • Small and large equipment usage
  • Knife skills

Lodging and meals provided as well as dress requirements are as follows:


Single occupancy rooms at an area hotel. Information will be provided upon acceptance.



Each morning at the training site.


Days 2 and 3 at the training site.


Day 1 at the training site; Days 2 and 3 at a choice of several area restaurants. Directions will be provided upon arrival.


On Days 2 and 3, attendees are required for safety reasons to wear a white, front button-down dress shirt with long sleeves or chef coat and dark slacks. Proper sneakers/work shoes and socks are required. No t-shirts, shirts with logos, shorts, jeans, open-toe shoes, clogs, high heels or crocs are allowed for safety reasons (Shoes for Crews are acceptable). An apron, hat and side towel will be provided.

On Day 1 and Day 4, attendees may wear casual attire.

Space is limited to 30 participants in each session. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first- serve basis. Only school cooks who prepare meals on a daily basis and have never participated in this training are eligible to attend.

To apply for participation please complete and submit the application found here by June 4, 2019. You will receive an e-mail with further instruction for registration once the application has been submitted. Sessions fill quickly so get your applications in early!

If you have any questions concerning the training session or application process, please contact Linda Snyder at (518) 473-8781.

These summer sessions are being conducted at a facility, which will to the greatest extent possible; meet the accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities. In addition, if special accommodations such as interpreters, large print or Braille materials are needed, please contact Ellen Eisenhut at the Madison-Oneida BOCES at 1-888-532-1132.

Upcoming Training

July 8, 2019 to July 11, 2019
July 15, 2019 to July 18, 2019
July 22, 2019 to July 25, 2019
July 29, 2019 to August 1, 2019

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

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:, 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 institution is an equal opportunity provider.


For Nondiscrimination Statement translations, click here.

Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en ingles), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de seas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en linea en: y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1)     correo: 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; o

(3)     correo electró

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.