Co-op Tech @ Canarsie, BK

Introduction to Culinary Arts is an entry level course that focuses on tools, sanitation, measuring, knife skills, and baking.

This course is geared towards passing the NYC Food Handlers Certificate exam or ServSafe Food Handlers exam.

Students are prepared for positions in commercial kitchens prepping for the chefs and completing other

basic tasks before and during meal service.

If you are interested in finding out more about our program

please call our main office (718)-290-8600.


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The Soulful taste of good food.

We celebrate the colors, sounds, and flavors of

African-American History.


Holiday Meals and Treats!

Fall favorites coming right up
Focus+Creativity = A Sweet Culinary Combination

Ms. D’Amico’s Culinary Arts class discussed why it’s important to practice mindfulness at work and in school. When we are mindful, we cut down on accidents and injuries in the workplace. Students turned off their cellphones and tuned in for a truly creative, peaceful art project that focused on keeping your mind and body in the same place. Painting beach rocks in various colors, using words that bring them peace, and collaborating with each other to create a piece of themselves. Each student expressed why they chose the word they painted on his/her rock. One student added that- "When we are focused and in the moment we get the most out of what Ms. D’Amico is teaching us, and from one another."

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Fall into the scents

and flavors of Autumn.

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Eye Spy A Delicious Pie!

We will be baking pies using all the flavors and spice of Autumn. Apple, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Cherry and More!


We are working on becoming more mindful in the classroom. This will allow us to remember more of what we learn. Practicing focus also cuts down on work place accidents. We feel good when we are being paid attention to. We learn from eachother! 

Paid in Full

It is always our program goal to provide employment support and assistance. Students are actively working on their resumes and cover letters. We will be discussing careers in food service that will provide students with a viable career path. Using the internet, students will compile a list of resources and opportunities that may result in employment. 


What's Going On In The Kitchen

I would like to welcome all of our students to their culinary classroom.

In the upcoming weeks, we will be covering the following listed below.

Classroom Management

The Meaning of Mindfulness

Culinary Arts Careers

Wage & Compensation

Food Service Safety & Sanitation

Food Temps & Danger Zones

The Core Four

The Big Eight

Physical & Chemical Contaminants

Allergies and Food Service

Food Borne Illness

Following Simple Directions

Safe Knife Handling

Supermarket Departments

Price Gouging & Consumer Awareness

Selling yourself on a job interview

What is a Resume?

What does Seasonal mean?

Identifying Seasonal Spices

Using a graphic organizer in food service

Baking Seasonal Pies

Preparing foods associated with Autumn

Becoming Creative In Food Service-

Thinking outside the box.

Cooking for the Holidays

Learning about Oils and Fats

Dressing for Food Service Success!

Resume and Portfolio Building

Gingerbread House Making

Seasonal Cookies and Treats

We Eat With Our Eyes


I believe imagination and ingenuity are the foundation of a successful student. Chefs need to be focused, out of the box thinkers that can transform the simplest of ingredients into a work of art. We use art in our classroom to foster the development of  visionaries.


Seasonal Scents and Spice

Appropriate Dress 
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Fractional Slices of Pizza

Recipe of the Month

Roasted Butternut Squash

Recipe of The Month

Sicilian Pizza Dough

Preparation 10 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 30min

Serves 8  


  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt



  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

  2. Stir in flour, salt and oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.

  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round. Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan or baker's peel dusted with cornmeal. Spread with desired toppings and bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Check out the best slices in Brooklyn:        http://www.bkmag.com/2016/04/18/brooklyns-best-pizza-slices/


We Love You Wiggie!

On May 23rd, Our Classroom Mascot Wiggie

passed away at 17. Sharing Wiggie stories and posting new photographs of the most photogenic feline gave me such great joy!  I hope Wiggie inspired each of my students to take an extra moment to be kind to an animal. He was more than a cat, and will always have a special place in our hearts!  R.I.P We Love YOU!

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Online Learning 

Please check out our Google Classroom.

Helpful Links


Please check this area of our website for any announcements or u[pdates regarding online learning. All of your assignments will be posted to our google classroom. The link is provided above. Our latest photos and projects will be featured in this area as well. All questions should be directed to my email

@ dianna.dmail@gmail.com. Stay Well and Safe always! Ms. D.

Test Prep Sites

Please sign into your account and complete the Food Protection Course Modules.
Please check ServSafe.com for additional study guides.
Quizlet has a helpful link- https://quizlet.com/12376152/food-handlers-flash-cards/