Successes

2018

Culinary Partners expanded to Florida.  The staff spent 6 days in Putnam County training 103 employees in culinary skills, marketing, customer service, and food safety.

USDA logo2016-2017  

Culinary Partners collaborated with the SC Department of Education, Health and Nutrition Services to obtain the Team Nutrition Grant. The grant was a 2 year partnership concentrating in Strike Force Districts.  The trainings focused on culinary skills, healthier menu development, marketing, food safety, and proper serving line set-up.

Over the two period, 400 school food service employees were trained and introduced to healthier recipes that students would accept.  Results showed a 32% gain in knowledge. Click here  for a brief summary on the USDA website.

Summer Training 2016

Five districts, Barnwell, Darlington, Florence 1, Georgetown, and Jasper participated in training through the Team Nutrition Grant.  In addition, the State Department of Education funded a training in Laurens School District 55 in which employees from Laurens 55, Laurens 56, Union, and Will Gray School attended.  An additional training in Richland 1 covered topics in HACCP, marketing, culinary skills, and math.  A total of 270 employees were trained this summer.

Culinary Partners expands to the Pee Dee

In 2015, Culinary Partners expanded its training and support services to the Pee Dee.  Through a partnership with the Culinary Arts Department at Horry Georgetown Technical College, approximately 40 cafeteria staff from Georgetown County Schools enthusiastically completed a week of training. Click here for video coverage can found on the district’s Facebook page.

Year 2 of Training for Spartanburg District 6

Click here for WYFF news coverage of Year 2 of Spartanburg District 6 Training:

Note: District 6 reports 38,000 more breakfasts, 106,000 more lunches and 9,000 more dinners sold during the 2014-15 school year than in the previous year. The district had previously contracted its food service program to a 3rd party vendor. In 2014, District 6 administrators agreed to bring the cafeteria management in-house, hired a food service director, and partnered with Culinary Partners to train all 91 cafeteria staff during the summer of 2015.

2014 Summer Training

Culinary Partners collaborated with Spartanburg District 6 and Greenville Technical College to train 91 school food service staff members in 2014 to prepare for a district-wide overhaul of the cafeteria program. The District committed to increasing the quality of the food and preparing scratch-made, healthy and tasteful recipes that students and faculty enjoyed.  The training was a success, as was the launch of the program at the beginning of the school year.  District 6 administrators reported that food sales were up in the first two months of the school year. Click here to view news coverage and click here for a perspective from a training participant.