Cooking up culinary success at the Food Bank of Delaware

Ian Dutton has always enjoyed cooking, but now as a student of The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware, he’s able to learn proper techniques, practice new culinary skills, become ServSafe Certified and more!

Prior to enrolling as a student at The Culinary School, Ian learned about the program while serving as a volunteer with the Christina School District’s NETWORKS Program. Employed by McDonalds, Ian knew the training at The Culinary School would help him become a better food-service employee. With a referral from a teacher at NETWORKS, Ian received funding through the Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Sue Kamrath, his DVR Counselor, was instrumental in getting Ian into The Culinary School. The Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is a strong supporter of the program and places those that want a career in the Food Service Industry at The Culinary School.

Of all the skills learned during class, Ian has enjoyed Chef Instructor Mark Saunder’s lessons on proper knife skills. “The Culinary School has helped me notice how to do things more accurately in my own job,” he says.

Ian says his favorite meals to prepare include desserts and breakfast food. For now he plans to stay at McDonalds, but in the future he’d like to open a bakery with his family. Ian’s father, James, was a student at The Culinary School and graduated with the 18th class.

“All of the classmates work together to help one another,” says Ian. “Rick [Rick Carter, Culinary Program Manager] and Mark have been really helpful.”

To learn more about The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware, please contact Rick Carter, Culinary Program Manager, at (302) 444-8076 or


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