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Culinary Essentials

ROP Culinary Essentials for Adults provides students with hands on experience, providing fundamental skills and knowledge of food preparation, food and kitchen safety, sanitization, food costs, basic culinary terminology, proper use of kitchen tools and equipment, and customer service. This program is designed for adults with disabilities and offers students the opportunity to earn a Food Handlers Card and a ServSafe certification. This program includes completion of an Employment Portfolio and an internship with a local business, providing entry-level skills and training necessary to secure employment in the Food Service Industry. 

Instructor Bio

Tisha McParland

Tisha McParland has been in the foodservice industry for over 30 years. It all began with her parent’s restaurant, which eventually evolved into her franchising her own business from her aunt and uncle. She was an owner/operator for 20 years, which provided her with extensive experience in foodservice, from the back to the front of the house. In 2020, Tisha was hired to start the new ROP Culinary Essentials Program. In 2023, Tisha helped in designing/opening a mobile coffee trailer, Rise To Higher Grounds, which is an extension of her kitchen lab. Tisha has a wealth of knowledge to share with her students, providing them with hands on instruction and an owner perspective, which will prepare students for the foodservice industry.

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  • Monday, Tuesdays & Thursday 8:00am-12:30pm

Address: Yosemite Education Center-350 W. Yosemite Ave, Merced, CA 95348


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