Food Bank of Delaware to expand food service training classes


foodbank (2)Starting in June, the Food Bank of Delaware will expand its food service training by offering the National Restaurant Association’s ManageFirst Program to the public. Ten-week classes start Monday, June 20 and will be offered at the Food Bank’s locations in both Newark and Milford.

This curriculum, taught by Chef Instructor Tom Craft (Newark) and Executive Chef Tim Hunter (Milford), is designed for individuals working in the food service industry who are interested in attaining additional skills to increase their pay and position within the field. The focus on the ManageFirst curriculum is to provide students with the next level of training who have been working in the field already to progress in their profession.

“It is important in our industry to be well rounded,” said Tom Craft, Chef Instructor at the Food Bank of Delaware and co-owner of Two Fat Guys. “ManageFirst offers the opportunity to learn and understand the tools that are needed to be successful. No matter if the student’s focus is front or back of the house these principles will help insure the success of the business they are working for.”

Each week will include five, two-hour classes on a specific core credential topic. Topics include:

  • Controlling Food Service Costs (Mondays)
  • Hospitality and Restaurant Management (Tuesdays)
  • Hospitality Human Resource Management and Supervision (Wednesdays)
  • Customer Service (Thursdays)
  • Hospitality and Restaurant Marketing (Fridays)

“Training and education help develop talent for Delaware’s 2,000 restaurants,” said Carrie Leishman,  CEO of the Delaware Restaurant Association. “Delaware’s restaurant community will need to fill almost 5,000 jobs by 2026. Many of these roles require training and industry-specific certifications that can come from the ManageFirst curriculum.”


The curriculum will allow for individuals to select from the core credential topics in a menu style format choosing single selections if not interested in the entire five-class credential program. For students who choose to take a single class in a subject area, their class time will total 20 hours. Students who enroll in the entire curriculum will receive a total of 100 hours of training and also have the opportunity to earn the ManageFirst Credential.

Students will attend class for 10 weeks, learning the subject matter through a combination of classroom lecture, group discussion, quizzes, case studies and independent study. At the conclusion of the 10 weeks they will take the certification exam to obtain their ManageFirst subject area certification.

One class is $300; all five classes are $1,400 (textbooks included in cost). Financial assistance is available to students who qualify.

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