Culinary Arts Program
The Culinary Arts program through Berry Good Farms provides specific vocational training for our Transition Students and Post-Graduates at NFSSE. It is designed to give our young adults the tools and applicable training necessary to prepare them for future employment in a related field. Through partnerships with various local restaurants and food-related businesses, our Culinary Arts team provides our special chefs with on-the-job training to help them develop skills in a real-life setting.
Culinary Arts students learn to incorporate the seasonal produce from Berry Good Farms into Healthy! Beautiful! Delicious! menu items for lunches and value-added offerings like fresh pesto, hummus and herb mixes and dips. The Farm team and the Culinary Arts team work hand-in-hand to showcase and utilize the fresh produce, herbs and fruits grown on our campus. Culinary Arts students are educated in proper food handling, knife skills, ingredient measurement, the creation of shopping lists, adherence to recipes, food preparation and cooking, and customer service.
An important component of the Culinary Arts Program is the emphasis that our team puts on the importance of healthy and fresh food choices. As our Culinary Arts students hone their skills and pursue compensated employment, they gain a greater sense of independence and are equipped with the tools necessary to make positive lifestyle choices.