Love to cook?

Why not prepare a job in food preparation and cooking with this 12 week career starter program?

FoodWorks: The Maryland Food Bank’s Culinary Training Series


Train for a new career while helping hungry Marylanders in need! This 12-week workforce development program is designed to give students interested in the food service industry on-the-job training experience in the Maryland Food Bank's Bauer Community Kitchen, a state-of-the-art culinary facility.

The unique course teaches an array of cooking techniques, including knife cuts, recipe conversions, and commercial equipment use, as well as food safety and sanitation standards. As part of their real world experience, students will use donated food and locally-grown fresh ingredients to prepare a variety of meals from scratch for Maryland Food Bank Kids Supper Club and Summer Club programs, which are served daily in after school and summer enrichment programs.

What do FoodWorks students get?

  • 12 weeks professional training – Students learn basic cooking techniques, discipline in the workplace, and professionalism.
  • ServSafe® certification – This certificate confirms to prospective employers that the graduates are experts in food safety.
  • Job placement – The food bank works to find full-time employment for FoodWorks graduates.
  • A chef’s starter kit – Upon graduation each student receives a set of chef’s whites and a professional-grade knife kit to launch into a new career.
With guidance and support from program staff, FoodWorks graduates have been hired at some of the region’s leading venues in the hotel and restaurant industry. FoodWorks graduates earn an average of $13 per hour—well above the current minimum wage.

Program Location:

Charles T. Bauer Community Kitchen at the Maryland Food Bank
2200 Halethorpe Farms Road
Halethorpe, MD 21227

FoodWorks Courses

HSL 079 - FoodWorks Basic Culinary I

Learn the fundaments of cooking, such as how to read, understand and apply recipes, execute cooking techniques, and apply safe cooking temperatures. Begin to learn principles of food-handling safety and sanitation practices in preparation to take the ServSafe® Food Safety Food Handler Certification exam. This course is the first of six-courses in the FoodWorks Basic Culinary Program.

Total Cost: $965

(Tuition: $290; Fees: $675)

HSL 080 - FoodWorks Basic Culinary I Practicum

Students learn hands-on practice of skills learned in FoodWorks Basic Culinary I. HSL 079 and HSL 080 are co-requisites and must be taken together. This course is the second of six-courses in the FoodWorks Basic Culinary Program.

Total Cost: $781

(Tuition: $781; Fees: $547)

HSL 104 - FoodWorks Basic Culinary II

Learn fabrication; various food and spice identification, and proper uses; and preparation techniques. Prepare to complete the ServSafe® Food Safety Manager Certification. Prepare for interviewing and writing resume to gain entry into the food service industry.

This course is the third of six-courses in the FoodWorks Basic Culinary Program.

Total Cost: $965

(Tuition: $290; Fees: $675)

HSL 105 - FoodWorks Basic Culinary II Practicum

Continue to practice and hone your productions skills learned in FoodWorks Basic Culinary II. HSL 104 and HSL 105 are co-requisites and must be taken together. This course is the fourth of six-courses in the FoodWorks Basic Culinary Program.

Total Cost: $782
(Tuition: $234; Fees: $548)

HSL 106 - FoodWorks Basic Culinary III

Continue to learn the basics of meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and grains while applying correct flavor development and cooking techniques and seasoning.  During this class you will learn some international cooking and baking principles.  Students will finalize their resume, and begin to search for and apply for food service industry positions during this session.

Total Cost: $965
(Tuition: $290; Fees: $675)

HSL 107 - FoodWorks Basic Culinary III Practicum

Gain hands-on practice of skills learned in FoodWorks Basic Culinary III. HSL 106 and HSL 107 are co-requisites and must be taken together. This course is the last of six-courses in the FoodWorks Basic Culinary Program.

Total Cost: $782
(Tuition: $234; Fees: $548)


Information sessions about Grant Funding

Register for an information session. Questions about the program? Contact Dr. Yumi Kim at 443.840.5840 or ykim2@ccbcmd.edu.