Cooking for Kids

We provide recipes, training and professional consultations for Oklahoma schools adjusting to the updated USDA school nutrition requirements. We’re here to help, working side by side with child nutrition professionals to determine positive changes we can make in Oklahoma school lunchrooms.

Our Goals

Cooking for Kids aims to change the landscape of school nutrition through chef-led culinary training for school nutrition professionals resulting in:

  • Greater availability of freshly prepared foods

  • Increased student participation in school meals

  • Expanded public support for child nutrition programs

Our Process

We offer Culinary Skill Development Training, Child Nutrition Leadership Training, and school-site chef consultations.

Summer Training:
Child Nutrition Leadership Training

Child Nutrition Leadership Training is a one-day training that is recommended for individuals responsible for menu planning and procurement such as child nutrition directors, managers, and school administrators.

Upcoming Training Events

Date Time Location Sign Up
June 20, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oklahoma State University, College of Education and Human Sciences, Hal Smith Demonstration Classroom NRD 160, Stillwater Sign Up

Summer Training:
Culinary Skill Development

Cooking for Kids Culinary Skill Development Training is a comprehensive, three-day culinary training program for child nutrition professionals. Priority will be given to kitchen managers and head cooks with enrollment of up to five representatives per school district. Culinary Skill Development Training enhances Child Nutrition Leadership Training. When combined they prepare a school district for personalized lunchroom planning with a Cooking for Kids professional chef consultant.

Culinary Skill Development Training covers learning how to:

  • Review and taste new recipes
  • Strengthen focus on food safety, knife skills and mise en place
  • Effectively use flavor-enhancing herbs
  • Improve results with whole grains and vegetables

*Each training session is three consecutive days. You must attend all three days to receive a continuing education certificate.

Upcoming Training Events

Date Time Location Sign Up
June 7, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oklahoma State University, College of Education and Human Sciences, Hal Smith Demonstration Classroom NRD 160, Stillwater Sign Up
June 7, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM McAlester High School, 1 Buffalo Drive, McAlester Sign Up
June 7, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Peoria Longhouse Community Center, 1813 NE Cleveland Ave, Miami Sign Up
June 14, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oklahoma State University, College of Education and Human Sciences, Hal Smith Demonstration Classroom NRD 160, Stillwater Sign Up
June 14, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oologah-Talala Public School, 10700 S HWY 169, Oologah Sign Up
June 14, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Mayes County OSU Extension Center, 2200 NE. 1st, Pryor Sign Up
June 21, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oklahoma State University, College of Education and Human Sciences, Hal Smith Demonstration Classroom NRD 160, Stillwater Sign Up
June 21, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Charles Page High School, 500 N Adams Rd, Sand Springs Sign Up
June 21, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Pittsburg County OSU Extension Center, 707 West Electric Ave., McAlester Sign Up
July 12, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oklahoma State University, College of Education and Human Sciences, Hal Smith Demonstration Classroom NRD 160, Stillwater Sign Up
July 12, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Bixby West Elementary/Intermediate School, 14901 S Harvard Ave, Bixby Sign Up
July 12, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Great Plains Technology Center, Business Development Center, 1601 SW Parkridge Blvd, Lawton Sign Up
July 12, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Francis Tuttle Technology Center, 12777 N Rockwell Ave, Oklahoma City Sign Up
July 19, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Bixby West Elementary/Intermediate School, 14901 S Harvard Ave, Bixby Sign Up
July 19, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Great Plains Technology Center, Business Development Center, 1601 SW Parkridge Blvd, Lawton Sign Up
July 19, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Francis Tuttle Technology Center, 12777 N Rockwell Ave, Oklahoma City Sign Up
July 26, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Bixby West Elementary/Intermediate School, 14901 S Harvard Ave, Bixby Sign Up
July 26, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Autry Technology Center, 1201 W. Willow Road, Enid Sign Up

Summer Training:
Farm to CACFP: The FRESH Project Training

The FRESH Project training is designed to give child care centers participating in the CACFP the skills to incorporate more fresh, local food into their program.

Upcoming Training Events

Date Time Location Sign Up
June 10, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Peoria Longhouse Community Center, 1813 NE Cleveland Ave, Miami Sign Up
June 13, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oologah-Talala Public School, 10700 S HWY 169, Oologah Sign Up
June 20, 2022 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Pittsburg County OSU Extension Center, 707 West Electric Ave., McAlester Sign Up

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP):
Culinary Skill Development Training

These trainings are for individuals employed at child care centers participating in the CACFP.


During this hands-on training, you will gain culinary skills and new food prep techniques to apply in your kitchen and learn how to plan and prepare healthy new menu ideas from a professional chef!

Culinary Skill Development Training covers how to:
• Review and taste new recipes
• Strengthen focus on food safety
• Effectively use standardized recipes
• Improve time management skills