Aspiring chefs can dip a toe in the water at Westmoreland County Community College next month.
Citing “hundreds of immediate openings for line and prep cooks in professional kitchens,” WCCC officials announced they will offer a Culinary Quick Start program, encompassing three weeks of evening classes, beginning Aug. 19 at the school’s Youngwood campus.
Classes will run 4:30- 9:30 p.m. Aug. 19-22, 27-29 and Sept. 3-5. The deadline for registration is Friday, Aug. 9. To register, call the college at 724.925.4204.
Topics include basic kitchen vocabulary and ingredients, knife skills and safety, basic preparation, recipe reading and conversion, sauces, sanitation and job search preparation.
Students will be given the opportunity to test for a ServSafe Certification, a nationally recognized/accredited food safety certification desired by employers in the food service industry.
Tuition is $299 plus a $235 material fee which includes apron, hat, chef’s knife and paring knife, and a ServSafe book.