About Our Programs 2017-09-26T16:58:20+00:00

About Our Programs

CulinaryAcademy360 was started with a generous grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. Created in September 2016, the program was developed to provide students, ages 14 and older at Academy360 and adults at Independence360, with the opportunity to explore food service as a career path, as well as increase their ability to live independently by learning to cook for themselves. CulinaryAcademy360 provides day classes to clients of Independence360 as well as after-school and evening classes for Academy360 and participants of Spectrum360’s Adult Enrichment Program. The after-school, Saturday, and evening classes are also open to individuals with autism and related disabilities who attend other programs and schools. For more information about classes, contact Director, Chef Michael Matthews at mmatthews@spectrum360.org

CulinaryAcademy360 offers 2 unique programs serving students, young adults, and adults.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Our After School program provides two learning options. In small supportive hands-on classes, beginners learn cooking basics for independence and fun, creating recipes from scratch. Pre-vocational classes explore culinary arts as an employment opportunity, learning intermediate cooking skills in a collaborative and work-like environment.

Payment plans and limited scholarships are available based on need. See the registration form on our Application page for fees.

After School Beginner Option (ages 14-21):

Introduction to Food Service/Life Skills: Learn life skills cooking basics for independence and fun. All recipes created from scratch in a supportive hands-on environment.

Mondays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: Academy360 Upper School, Livingston NJ
Classes are limited to 8-10 students

Block 1: Oct. 16, 23 / Nov. 6, 13, 20 / Dec 4, 11, 18
Block 2: Jan. 8, 22, 29 / Feb. 5, 12, 26/ Mar. 5, 12
Block 3: Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30/ May 7, 14, 21/ June 4

After School Pre-Vocational Option (ages 14-21):

Explore culinary arts as a vocational opportunity. Students learn intermediate cooking skills in a supportive, collaborative environment.

Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: Academy360 Upper School, Livingston NJ
Classes are limited to 8-10 students

Block 1: Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 / Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29
Block 2: Dec. 6, 13, 20 / Jan. 17, 24, 31 / Feb 7, 14
Block 3: Mar. 7, 21, 28 / Apr. 11, 18, 25 / May 2, 9

ADULT ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

Serving young adults ages 15 and older, and adults 18 and older, our Adult Enrichment Program provides participants with opportunities to work together to create delicious and nutritious dishes from scratch with an emphasis on farm-to-table cooking. Exploring world cuisines, participants enjoy making and tasting their creations in a social environment with lots of opportunities to meet new friends.

Payment plans are available. See the registration form on our Application page for fees.

Adult Culinary Training Option (ages 18 and older):

Explore world cuisines in this fun culinary enrichment class. Students work together to create delicious and nutritious dishes from scratch with an emphasis on farm-to-table cooking and enjoy tasting their creations in a social environment with lots of opportunities to meet new friends.

Thursdays, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: Independence360, Whippany, NJ
Classes are limited to 10 students

Block 1: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 / Nov. 2, 16 / Dec. 7, 14
Block 2: Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25 / Feb 1, 8, 22 / Mar. 1
Block 3: April 12, 19, 26 / May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Advanced Saturday Culinary Training Option (ages 15 and older):

Hands-on advanced training in baking, pastry work, cake decorating and food preparation and presentation.

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Academy360 Upper School, Livingston, NJ
Classes are limited to 10 students

10 weeks, Dates TBD based on registration.