Culinary Institute

We officially graduated our first class of students in August of 2022. Our next cohort will begin January 2023.

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Friday, December 9th 3:30pm - 5pm
Friday, December 16th 3:30pm - 5pm

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>> Watch a video with Culinary School alum, Erika McGee!

What will you learn at Culinary School?

  • Teamwork-based approaches to identify, define, respond to, and evaluate problems in various food service industry situations and offer resolutions to these problems.
  • Professional coaching and evaluation of leadership style
  • Internships at local businesses
  • Professional development and resume building
  • Safe handling and service of food and beverages (ServSafe)
  • Culinary math & measurements
  • Preparing stocks, soups, sauces, desserts, poultry, fish & meat
  • Improved knife techniques
  • Training and practice in the fundamentals of cooking

The Culinary Institute will prepare students for various cooking positions in the diverse food service field. The program will result in a Food Handlers License, a ServSafe Certificate, and job skills and references for securing work in the vibrant and emerging food culture here in Pioneer Valley.

Who can apply?

Applications to the Stone Soup Culinary Institute (SSCI) will be available to all, and we especially are looking to grow a cohort of students who are currently in recovery, formerly incarcerated, people living in poverty who need a new career path, and all other community members who are interested in culinary arts or a new career path.

We are partnering with local stakeholders at Greenfield Community College, Franklin County Sheriff's Kimball House and Re-entry Program, and The Opioid Task Force to seek the ideal candidates for our pilot cohort of students.


  • Professional attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Commitment to showing up on time
  • Interested in starting a new career or advancing your current culinary skills

If you are interested in applying, please fill out this form!

Questions can be directed to

Watch our video below!

Culinary School Graduates - August 2022