September 25, 2023

New Johnson & Wales University Cook 1 & 2 Course With Job Placement at Local Restaurants

Free workforce training program for aspiring culinarians is now enrolling


Westerly, Rhode Island (December 8, 2021) – Registration is open for a free Cook 1 & 2 instructional course for adults wishing to break into the local culinary scene and work in area restaurants while they hone their skills. Offered by Westerly Education Center in collaboration with Johnson & Wales University, a global leader in food education, Royce Associates, and nine restaurants in two states, the course will provide skills and training as well as job placement for adults starting in January.

The 12-week classroom and in-restaurant instruction will cover culinary theory, cooking methods, knife-cutting, nutrition, product and equipment identification, food safety and more. It is a pass/fail course. Participants will be qualified to take the national ServSafe® Food Handlers and ServSafe ® Allergens exams.

“After the first two weeks of instruction, students will benefit from in-restaurant training so they can practice what they are learning in a real-world setting with professional supervision,” said Thomas J. Delle Donne, assistant dean, Johnson & Wales University, College of Food Innovation & Technology. “Importantly, students will also be paid for their work while they learn, so this is an ideal training program for an adult who cannot put life on hold for 12 weeks while earning a postsecondary credential needed for work.”

“This workforce training program not only helps people with a passion for food skill up, get credentialed, and land great jobs, it’s a program that will help restaurants in the tourism-reliant southern part of the state employ qualified workers,” said Amy Grzybowski, executive director, Westerly Education Center.

The Rhode Island and Connecticut restaurants committed to the training, internship and employment of the participants are: Ocean House, Jealous Monk, Rio Salado, Taquerio, Dunn's Corner Market, Vetrano's, The Andrea, Casa Della Luce, and The Breachway Grill.

This workforce training program is available free to the participants because funding was made possible by a Real Jobs RI PITCH grant.

To register for the free training, call 401-584-4931 or email  

About Westerly Education Center
Founded in 2017, the Westerly Education Center is a public/private collaboration designed to bring together higher education, business, industry, and community partners to provide high-quality educational programs to meet projected workforce growth in the region. For more information, visit

About JWU
Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 9,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its campuses in Providence, Rhode Island and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, engineering, food innovation, hospitality, nutrition, health and wellness. It also offers undergraduate programs in culinary arts, dietetics and design. JWU’s unique model provides students with the personalized attention, academic expertise and industry connections that inspire professional success and personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni in 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit:


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