School cafeteria cooks, managers gather to sharpen culinary skills

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – School cafeteria cooks and managers from seven counties in eastern Carolina are learning some new skills to help improve school lunches.

Twenty-four school cooks gathered at Northside High School in Jacksonville to learn knife skills and new recipes. The training is all about fresh food and hands-on learning.

Tuesday’s lesson focused on using a chef’s knife.

Participants said the training meant so much more than brushing up on her cooking techniques.

“Some of these kids come through the line, you can see that they’re not taken care of,” explained Carolyn English, Stateside Elementary School cafeteria manager. “When we feed them, you can tell that’s the only meal that might’ve had that day. I enjoy trying to feed those kids.”

The training continues for the next two days.

Up next, participants will learn how to blanch vegetables and more complicated recipes.

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