Kansas chef gives after-school lessons to local cafeteria workers

The first lessons focused on knife skills.

Lawrence, Kan.—The halls and classrooms of Wakarusa Valley School no longer echo with the chatter and bustle of students each day. The old grade school on the western fringe of the Lawrence school district closed in 2011, and most of its students were sent to other buildings on the west side.

But in recent days there has been a burst of new activity in the school's kitchen where a local chef is giving after-school training to cafeteria workers from other buildings in the district about the finer arts of food preparation and kitchen management.

Call it professional development for the district's food service workers.