Help us spread the love for local food and healthy, sustainable cooking

Join the inaugural class of Emersion Chefs as we take good food to the streets - literally!

Chef Tanya Whitehouse of The Food Connection will train both student and community leaders in the skills, knowledge, and strategies to deliver cooking demonstrations that promote healthy and sustainable eating. Join us to learn knife skills, cooking techniques, basic kitchen knowledge and get hands-on experience with local, seasonal, farm fresh food. 

By becoming an Emersion Chef you will:

  • Receive hands-on instruction in culinary techniques, recipe development and cooking demonstration 
  • Learn strategies for promoting local, sustainable, and healthy foods
  • Work with program staff to develop and deliver your own cooking demonstration
  • Meet fellow enthusiasts, farmers, and experts in food systems and food justice

Emersion Chef training consists of a series of 6 hands-on cooking classes held on the following Tuesdays from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm: February 14, 21,28, March 7, 21, 28.

Emersion Chef trainees who attend all six sessions will graduate from the program by delivering their own cooking demonstration on campus or with a community partner or by assisting with the delivery of a Food Justice dinner in partnership with Campus Kitchens.

Chefs who graduate from the program will receive a certificate acknowledging their important contribution to our local food system, and will take home a chef starter kit to support their continued culinary activism.  

Throughout the classes, you will gain experience in the following culinary areas:

  • Maintaining a safe and sanitary kitchen environment
  • Training in knife cuts including chopping, dicing, mincing, julienne, and chiffonade
  • Classifying foods in categories such as acids, fats, grains, dairy, and families of fruits and vegetables
  • Identifying the most seasonal local foods throughout the year and the best presentation of their qualities
  • Exploring sautéing, searing, braising, blanching, shocking, and roasting cooking methods

There are only 10 spaces in the class so sign up immediately by emailing Tanya Whitehouse at tanya.whitehouse@uky.edu. The deadline for signing up is Friday, February 3, 2017.