The mission of Berkeley Adult School is to provide adult learners with equal access to learner-centered lifelong education in a safe, supportive multicultural environment.
The Culinary Career Training class is a nine-week course in cooking and basic professional kitchen fundamentals. Graduates receive a certificate of completion and proof that they passed their nationally-recognized Safety & Sanitation Exam. BAS is part of the Berkeley Unified School District. Classes are small, with a maximum of 12 students per term. It is a joy to work at such a nurturing place.
Right outside our kitchen door is a beautiful, secret garden. It grows seasonal produce like tomatoes, fava beans, snap peas, kale and the occasional artichoke. There are always herbs and citrus trees. Occasionally, we host meals in the garden.
Absolutely. Not. Although I always encourage healthier eating, the goal of this class is to train future food professionals (although people who simply want to cook better at home are welcome). To that point, half of our curriculum is based upon baked goods and the other half is based upon learning savory techniques.
No! Chef Suzy Orpin and I co-teach this course. We are BFFs 👫 mainly because we teach on different days. Chef Suzy‘s favorite food is Poutine (she’s Canadian) so don’t go looking for healthy foods on my days off.