1.1 Course Information


Course title:

Basic Scratch Cooking Skills for Child Nutrition Programs

Course ID:



1 hour

Course description:

Basic Scratch Cooking Skills for Child Nutrition Programs is a 1-hour training course designed to provide anyone with cooking responsibilities in Child Nutrition Programs with the basic skills they need to begin preparing food. This training covers important topics including the benefits of cooking from scratch, basic knife types and knife cuts, different kinds of cooking methods, and a brief overview of developing standardized recipes and using cycle menus.


This course is self-paced, not instructor led.


Access to the Internet and a valid email address.


This course requires no face-to-face classroom instruction. It will be available via the course web site. You will complete the course whenever it is most convenient for you. You may work on the course at any time of the day or night on any day of the week. The course web site will track the completion of each lesson and assignment. You will be able to exit the course without completing it and pick up where you left off at any time.

Learning objectives:

  • Recall the benefits of scratch cooking
  • Identify three different knife types and what to use them for
  • Implement the three basic knife techniques
  • Recall the basic cooking methods and benefits of each
  • Understand the importance of standardized recipes and cycle menus

Means of developing competencies:

  • Online presentations with voice narration and interactivity
  • Online resources available through internet links
  • Quiz

Course completion requirements:

In order to complete this course successfully, you must complete all of the course assignments and pass the quiz.


Click the image below to open the workbook. You may view the workbook online or if possible, we recommend that you print the workbook and use it to take notes with a pen or pencil during the lesson presentation. The workbook has a button called Request Edit Access that you should ignore, as that button is just for administrators.