Culinary Training Academy for teens offered again

at Treasure Coast Food Bank

Spend Spring Break training for a future in the culinary arts

FORT PIERCE, Florida – Teens with a passion for cooking or interested in a future working in a professional kitchen will have a chance to jump start their training with Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Culinary Training Academy.

It takes place March 16-20 – Spring Break week for many area teens. The program is from 1-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Food Production Kitchen, 3051 Industrial 25th Street in Fort Pierce.

Learn what it’s like to work in a restaurant or other professional kitchen and what’s required for a career in the culinary industry. It’s a crash course that includes food safety and cooking, and gives participants the opportunity to earn their SafeStaff® certification, the entry-level food handler certificate sought by all Florida employers for anyone working in a commercial kitchen setting.

Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Executive Chef Daniel Leavy leads the program. Leavy’s background includes a decade teaching a high school culinary arts program. During the week, he’ll introduce participants to making pizza, pasta, and bread, taking it to the next level with knife skills and more sophisticated dishes, and end the week with some Asian cuisine.

Cost is $275 and includes a light meal each day, chef’s shirt, and SafeStaff® exam fees. Deadline to apply is March 13, 2020. Some scholarships are available for eligible students. Apply online at

Treasure Coast Food Bank also will have culinary classes for adults as well as a program for those interested in a career in supply chain operations. Those classes begin in May. Visit for more information.

Chef Daniel Leavy supervises a knife skills lesson during the 2019 teen Culinary Training Academy. (Photo credit: Jacqueline Kenney)