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:
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 8, 2021 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Bixby West Elementary/Intermediate School, 14901 S Harvard Ave, Bixby Sign Up
June 22, 2021 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Bixby West Elementary/Intermediate School, 14901 S Harvard Ave, Bixby Sign Up
June 22, 2021 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oklahoma State University, College of Education and Human Sciences, Hal Smith Demonstration Classroom NRD 160, Stillwater Sign Up
June 29, 2021 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Bixby West Elementary/Intermediate School, 14901 S Harvard Ave, Bixby Sign Up
June 29, 2021 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oklahoma State University, College of Education and Human Sciences, Hal Smith Demonstration Classroom NRD 160, Stillwater Sign Up
July 6, 2021 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Union Public Schools 6th/7th Grade Center, 10100 E. 61st Street, Tulsa Sign Up
July 6, 2021 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Great Plains Technology Center, Business Development Center, 1601 SW Parkridge Blvd, Lawton Sign Up
July 13, 2021 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Great Plains Technology Center, Business Development Center, 1601 SW Parkridge Blvd, Lawton Sign Up
July 13, 2021 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oklahoma State University, College of Education and Human Sciences, Hal Smith Demonstration Classroom NRD 160, Stillwater Sign Up
July 13, 2021 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Francis Tuttle Technology Center, 12777 N Rockwell Ave, Oklahoma City Sign Up
July 20, 2021 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oklahoma State University, College of Education and Human Sciences, Hal Smith Demonstration Classroom NRD 160, Stillwater Sign Up
July 20, 2021 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Francis Tuttle Technology Center, 12777 N Rockwell Ave, Oklahoma City Sign Up

Summer Training:
FRESH Project

FRESH Project training is designed to bring child nutrition professionals and farmers together to network and learn more about starting or expanding a farm to school program.

Upcoming Training Events

Date Time Location Sign Up
June 8, 2021 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oologah-Talala Public School, 10700 S Hwy 169, Oologah Sign Up
June 22, 2021 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Checotah High School, 491 Paul Carr Dr, Checotah Sign Up
June 29, 2021 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Atoka Public Schools, 801 S Greathouse Dr, Atoka Sign Up

School Site:
Chef Consultation

During the Cooking for Kids Chef Consultation, an industry trained consulting chef will partner with the SFA to assess needs and develop a personalized action plan for the school district. This will be achieved through a series of onsite visits during the school year. The service is provided at no charge to the school district. An on-site consultation with one of our professional chefs will teach you how to:

  • Develop your menu
  • Assess your procurement process and equipment
  • Develop work schedules
  • Develop and implement a marketing plan

Priority will be given to those school districts that have completed Culinary Skill Development Training and Child Nutrition Leadership Training.

Request a Chef Consultation