Food Service Training
"Cooking helps mental health in that it can be a creative outlet. It's a way to channel energy, can be used as a distraction, help build mastery in a skill, and a way to express emotions through a different medium."- Nicole Lambart
Our program offers professional training in one of Las Vegas' top industries—food service. The youth referred to our program are 15–24 years of age who are system impacted, struggling with addiction, dropped out of high school, or aged out of foster care. The program is seen as the last chance for many of these youth before facing more restrictive sanctions in the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
Participants are trained primarily in the art of cooking and take courses in introduction to cooking and baking, restaurant cleaning and sanitation, and the principles of hospitality and customer service. Case management services and student employment counselors are available, to help each youth successfully progress through the program and closely monitor them during the process.
Upon completion of the training program, each student will be awarded a certificate of completion and given a pathway to enter the workforce or continue their culinary education.
This course allows youth to learn, engage, and be inspired by cookery while gaining essential life skills and confidence-building experiences.
Intro to cooking teaches food hygiene, knife skills, and safety in the kitchen. Youth will learn how to prepare delicious essential dishes to prepare them for a future career in the culinary industry or for their independent lives.
Our Industry - Hospitality - Opportunities - Current Trends- Roles and Responsibilities
MISE EN PLACE
Organization - Mental - Written - Physical - Life Applications - Kitchen Applications
FLAVORS AND SEASONING
Herbs • Spices • Spice and Herb Blends • Salts • Peppercorns • Citrus Zests • Fruit Juices • Vinegar • Oils
Understanding the Taste Experience - Discernment - Preferences - Allergies - Aversions Taboos - Flavor Trends - Becoming an Educated Palate
MENUS AND RECIPES
Learn menu planning and how to follow standardized recipes.
Uniform - Culinary Code - Environment - Expectations - Personal Brand – Teamwork
Intro to Baking
Mixing - Measuring - Types of Cookies
Mixing Methods - Types of Cakes - Basic
Dessert Presentation Techniques - Displays - Modern Plating Techniques Expanded
Mousses - Molded Desserts - Restaurant Desserts - Ice Creams and Specialty Techniques -Doughs • Custards and Creams • Pastries
Intro to Kitchen Cleaning & Sanitization
Today, cleaning matters now more than ever. In this course, youth are taught personal hygiene, proper handwashing, cleaning, sanitation practices, and procedures that meet the highest industry standards for safety, effectiveness, and health.
The objective is to prepare our youth to become skilled in effective, responsible cleaning and disinfecting methods that will benefit them personally and professionally.
Principals of Hospitality and Customer Service
Customer Service 101 - Front of the House - Back the House
Mise En Place in Kitchen
Personal Responsibility - Timelines - Planning - Putting it all together – Prioritization
Verbal - Non Verbal - Body Language - Listening- Speaking - Observing - Writing - Personal Brand Ref
Diversity & Inclusion - Conscious Bias and Unconscious Bias
Following Orders - Solution Minded - Always Ready to Serve - Leading from the Middle
Life Skills Training
We offer an effective, evidence-based life skills program tailored to meet the needs of troubled young adults who have behavioral, academic, motivational, and emotional challenges.
Here is what the program covers:
Respecting self and others