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2016 Professional Cooking Testimonials

“Teachers and assistants were amazing and very informative. I will go back to my school and use the things I learned. I will suggest others take the course!"  -Frank McCann, Red Hook CSD

“This program was very informal and instructional. I have learned so many new things that I’ll be taking back to my school.”  -Marva McKenzie, NYC DOE

“The last four days have been an amazing learning experience. The instructors are a crucial part in my opinion. They are extremely knowledgeable and personable. I will take many ideas, shortcuts and tricks back to my cafeteria.” - Barbara Cama, NYC DOE

“The class was intense, but amazing. I have learned many things to take home with me. Instructors are extremely patient and should be acknowledged for an outstanding job!” - Maureen Pray, Saranac CSD

“Had a great time and learned numerous ways I am going to change my kitchen at school. Thanks for all the hints and ideas you shared. It’s a wonderful feeling to have my questions and worries answered.” - Ann Hutchinson, Springbrook, Inc.

“I loved all classes! I met many wonderful people! I loved HOT Foods! I learned many new techniques to carry through to the lunchroom food. I loved the student assistants. They were very helpful.  COLD Foods used spices I have never used before. Grains class cooked things I have never cooked before such as couscous. Wonderful workshops! Wish we could stay longer so we could learn more.” - Heather Grund,   Sullivan West CSD


2016 Managing Professional Cooking Testimonials

“Best workshop training ever! Accommodations were excellent and teaching staff were incredible! What a great time to get back together and brainstorm!” - Theresa Brown, Pine Valley CSD

“I thought the training was well thought out, entertaining and educational. I will go back to work with new questions to find answers to and new goals to achieve! Thanks for the time well spent!” -Anonymous

“Instructors were very knowledgeable, fun and carried the participants along. I am all energized to go back to my school district and implement what I have learned.” -Anonymous

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.