The next class of The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark and Milford will begin Sept. 25, and applications are being accepted for interested students.

Under the guidance of Executive Chef Tim Hunter and chef instructors Tish Badamshin and Donnie Stephens, the program provides job training to unemployed and underemployed adults, adults with disabilities and individuals returning to society from Delaware’s Department of Correction.

The 14-week program includes 12 weeks — daytime hours — of hands-on training in kitchen skills, safe food handling and life skills. Students also have the opportunity to become ServSafe certified. The 12 weeks of training culminates with a two-week paid internship at a food service company.Upon graduation, the Food Bank of Delaware helps place students in entry-level jobs in the food industry.

Students interested in applying to The Culinary School must have a high school diploma or GED with a ninth-grade reading and math level. The cost to attend is $5,700; however, the Food Bank of Delaware works with each candidate to identify funding sources.

For information or to apply, visit or contact 292-1305, ext 265, or for New Castle County; or 424-3301, ext 107, or for Kent and Sussex County.