Fourteen students from The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark persevered to complete a 14-week culinary arts training program.

Ten of these graduates already have employment lined up.

Their accomplishments were celebrated Feb. 2 at a graduation ceremony. The graduates include: Lavender Artwell, Howard Bailey, Mary Calderoni, Shawn Cowan, Steven Eatmon, Tony Ferrell, Christopher Henry, Matt Machulski, Kayla Reddick, Dana Richards, Dolicia Rogers, Cleon Stewart, Stephanie Turk and Jameel Webster.

Students spent the past 14 weeks developing their skills both in and outside the kitchen. From proper knife handling techniques to ServSafe certification and completing a two-week internship, the students are prepared for entry-level jobs in the food industry.

Students have landed employment at Aramark at the University of Delaware, Two Stones Pub, 8th and Union, Maiale and Delaware Park.

Several students were honored with special awards. They are: Cleon Stewart, outstanding leadership; Shawn Cowan, highest GPA; Mary Calderoni, Chris Henry, Cleon Stewart and Jameel Webster, perfect attendance; and Stephanie Turk, best mystery basket dish.

After the ceremony, graduates served guests a lunch buffet that included grilled chicken bruschetta, beef brisket, mushroom risotto, twice-baked potatoes and more.

The next class begins Feb. 13 at the facilities in Newark, 14 Garfield Way, and Milford, 1040 Mattlind Way.

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