Monday, March 8, 2010


The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Office of Workforce Competitiveness is sponsoring a Cook-Chef Training Program. The class is limited to 10 participants on a first come first serve basis.

Due to the overwhelming need for a skilled workforce in the cook-chef occupation, and the expansion of tourism in the State, the chamber will offer this 60 hour training program. Participants will be selected from the following groups: (1) upgrade skills of persons already employed in a restaurant who wants to upgrade their skills (2) provide training to newly hired low skills and low paying positions in food service.

Classroom training will be of 6 weeks duration, a total of 60 hours of classroom training starting on March 22nd. Class will run from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Classes will be held at Vinal Technical High School in their new state of the art culinary department. Nick Follacchio, retired culinary teacher, will be the classroom instructor. Nick has over 20 years experience in the culinary trade and classroom instruction. The classroom phase will be in conjunction with on-the-job training, and the employer will receive up to $1,000.00 reimbursement for this training. Participants will learn many new exciting techniques, and cover many topics from the basics of sanitation and cleanliness to food preparation and purchasing.

This is a great opportunity for member restaurants and their employees. The class fills up quickly, so if you are interested please contact Johanna Bond at 347-6924. Businesses should indicate whether the position would be an entry level or upgrade in present position.

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