HCC offering free training course for experienced kitchen workers

Hampden County

Holyoke Community College is offering a free, four-week training course for experienced kitchen workers.

Dozens of line cooks eager to improve their cooking skills can enroll in a four-week course at the culinary institute.

According to Holyoke Community College Spokesperson Chris Yurko, the grant-funded course called Line Cook Training began Monday and will run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. until June 29.

Yurko said the classes will be taught by HCC Culinary Arts professor and professional chef, Warren Leigh, and is for workers who want to quickly advance their culinary skills.

Class topics will include:

  • Moist and dry cooking methods
  • Soups, stocks, and sauces
  • Knife skills
  • Culinary math
  • ServSafe and TIPS Certifications

Veteran instructor and chef Warren Leigh told 22News, the possibility of working at MGM Springfield, added to the size of the class.

“They’ve been hiring hundreds of people from the culinary programs they have here, they’ve been doing their bench testing, great for us, our relationship with the chefs there at MGM,” Warren said.

The four-week course has been paid for by state grant in the name of former governor Deval Patrick.

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