LOCA - Lovin' Oven Culinary Academy

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The Lovin' Oven Culinary Academy (LOCA) is a free cooking school for Sonoma Valley teens interested in working in the culinary field.  The 30+ hour program includes:

  • Basic knife skills
  • A cross-section of worldly cuisine
  • Essential cooking techniques currently employed in the industry
  • An orientation to the terminology, equipment, and procedures you can expect to encounter in a professional kitchen
  • Front-of-house customer service training
  • ServSafe food handler's certification (required by California law to work in any food establishment)
  • Experience cooking and serving for the public

LOCA graduates receive job references, a chef's knife, a $100 stipend, and job shadows with local culinary businesses.

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