The Culinary School at Eva's Village
Executive Chef Director:
Chef Darryl Dela Cruz, Executive Chef Director, joined Eva’s Village in July, 2013 to oversee all food operations at Eva’s Village, including The Community Kitchen, food and meals for all shelters and recovery programs and to help establish the curriculum for The Culinary School. Chef Darryl found the position offered at Eva’s Village a rewarding opportunity, saying:
“I am looking to utilize my culinary skills, particularly teaching, to make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives, and working for Eva’s is the challenge and social responsibility I have been looking for.”
He works with various sources in New Jersey to include more freshly prepared vegetables and fruits to improve the nutritional value of the food provided in all of Eva’s Village programs, and with The Culinary School’s advisory board to develop internship partners in the food industry.
“There aren’t many Executive Chefs running soup kitchens,” says Donna Marie Fico, Senior Director of Program and Resource Development, “But by integrating The Culinary School into the Community Kitchen operation, Eva’s Village will have the resources to make fresher, healthier food.” “We have the man power to cut up fresh fruits and vegetables instead of purchasing frozen,” says Chef Darryl.
About Chef Darryl Dela Cruz:
Raised in Hawaii, Chef Darryl Dela Cruz received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii and worked in marketing before pursuing his love of cooking. In 1987, he received a Certificate of Achievement in Culinary Arts from Maui Community College (MCC) and began his cooking career at the Intercontinental Hotel, Maui. In 1992, he joined MCC, where he advanced to Associate Professor. He served as Chef de Cuisine at the Blue Sage Café in Portland, OR and was most recently an instructor at Le Cordon Bleu–Seattle, WA. In 2000, The Maui Chefs and Cooks Association (ACF) named him the 2000 Chef of the Year. In 2002, he received the University of Hawaii Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2004, was a scholarship recipient of the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. Chef Darryl was recognized in Who’s Who of America’s Teachers in 2002 and 2005. In 2012, Career Education Corporation (CEC) honored Chef Darryl Dela Cruz and others as among their finest instructors at its 12th annual Educator of the Year Awards.
With his many professional relationships, he regularly invites culinary professionals into the classroom to serve as judges, adding to the critiques his students receive as part of their education.
"I'm geared more toward the student than the plate,” says Chef Darryl, “this is going to give me a chance to stretch my capabilities as an instructor — it really comes down to your heart in teaching."
In 2013, Eva’s Village established The Culinary School at Eva’s Village as a private vocational school certified by the Departments of Education and Labor and Workforce Development. The school provides job training and placement in the food service industry for adults interested in attaining careers in the culinary profession, and is open to the public.
The six month course provides fundamental cookery skills appropriate to basic positions in professional food preparation. The modules include:
Topics cover recipe and menu genres, culinary math, knife skills, safety and sanitation, and breakfast cooking. Students will also be coached in workplace readiness and life skills throughout the modules. As students advance through the modules they practice cooking techniques, including soup, stock, and sauce production, vegetable and starch cookery, and scratch preparation of salads and dressings. More advanced classes cover meat and seafood fabrication and preparation; Garde Manger practices; and baking and pastry techniques and production. The final, fifth module includes a four-week industry internship with post-internship placement services.
Modules 1-4 Monday through Friday, 7:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Module 5 128 Internship Hours
Main Campus 393 Main Street, Paterson
Training Kitchen 133 Prince Street, Paterson
Recruiting Now for 2016 Class Sessions
To Apply for Enrollment:
Complete the form below or
Call 973.523.6220 Ext. 253 to make an appointment.
Costs and Financial Aid:
Tuition and Fees of $4,500 include:
The Culinary School at Eva’s Village was established to provide job training and placement in the food service industry. Currently, the school boasts that 86% of students who have graduated from the program have been placed in a permanent job. Through our Vocational Services, we provide work readiness skills so that students are equipped not only with culinary skills, but interviewing strategies, resume-building and networking.