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.

Step 1:
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 11, 2019 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oklahoma State University, College of Human Sciences, Hal Smith Demonstration Classroom HS160, Stillwater Sign Up
June 11, 2019 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, 1801 E. 4th St., Okmulgee Sign Up
June 11, 2019 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Union Public Schools 6th/7th Grade Center, 10100 E. 61st Street, Tulsa Sign Up
June 25, 2019 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Alva Middle School, 800 Flynn St., Alva Sign Up
June 25, 2019 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Union Public Schools 6th/7th Grade Center, 10100 E. 61st Street, Tulsa Sign Up
June 25, 2019 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oklahoma State University, College of Human Sciences, Hal Smith Demonstration Classroom HS160, Stillwater Sign Up
July 9, 2019 9:00AM TO 3:00PM McAlester High School, 1 Buffalo Drive, McAlester Sign Up
July 9, 2019 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Union Public Schools 6th/7th Grade Center, 10100 E. 61st Street, Tulsa Sign Up
July 9, 2019 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oklahoma State University, College of Human Sciences, Hal Smith Demonstration Classroom HS160, Stillwater Sign Up
July 23, 2019 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Great Plains Technology Center, Business Development Center, 1601 SW Parkridge Blvd, Lawton Sign Up

Step 2:
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.  Child Nutrition Leadership Training enhances Culinary Skill Development Training.  When combined they prepare a school district for personalized lunchroom planning with a Cooking for Kids professional chef consultant.

Child Nutrition Leadership Training covers:

  • Alternative Breakfast Serving Methods
  • Breakfast Recipes and Menu




Upcoming Training Events

Date Time Location Sign Up
June 10, 2019 9:00AM TO 3:00PM Oklahoma State University, College of Human Sciences, Hal Smith Demonstration Classroom, Stillwater Sign Up

Step 3:
On-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.

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