This career focused education, with the emphasis on boat cookery, offers quality hands-on training that is essential to a successful career aboard workboats. This school prides itself on teaching the practical application necessary for successful employment in today’s highly competitive workboat cooking job market.

The school considers food-service sanitation to be high on the priority list. Our graduates are well prepared to pursue careers in the floating kitchens of the workboat community.

Son of a Sea-Cook Workboat Cooking School offers its students the necessary and requisite skills to find decent paying jobs in the fishing, commercial, tug and towboat industries as well as the booming market of offshore supply vessels (OSV), delivering supplies to the oil rigs and wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

This school offers the unique opportunity of living and learning in the village made famous by Forrest Gump and the Bubba Gump shrimp factory. Bayou La Batre, near Mobile (30 miles), is the shrimping capital of Alabama and one of the Gulf Coast’s largest provider of fresh oysters and shrimp.

Important elements of this training include soup stock, sauce, starch, sauces, roux, salads, menu planning, nutrition, basic food purchasing & production, costing, regional cuisine,cajun cooking, safe meat cutting & poultry handling, galley management, food-service sanitation, storeroom operations and introduction to baking.

Just thirty miles Southwest of Mobile, Alabama, on picturesque Bayou La Batre (meaning" in the woods"), the 12 acre campus includes dorm housing for 47 students and up to 12 male and 6 female Son of a Sea-Cook cooking school students. Study halls and TV rooms are provided. Clothes washing machines are available.

Bayou La Batre is a world unto itself with one grocery store, two gas stations, one bar, a radio shack, Sidney’s chicken restaurant, Hardies hamburgers and a Sonic, lots of boat yards plus tons of oyster and shrimp production/shipping companies. What more could you ask for ? Cars are not necessary and transportation to and from Mobile Airport and bus station are provided.

There is no typical student profile,
although the school gives preference to those with some type of boating experience. The motion of the ocean (rock & roll) is a limiting factor in the Gulf of Mexico, but less of a factor on Oil Rigs in the Gulf and inland towboats working on the Mississippi and the Western Rivers. The OSV industry seems to attract a younger crowd, while the commercial fishing industry and towboats seem to beckon to an older more mature group.

Most vessels in the oil industry require the crew (including the cook) be a member of the Merchant Marine service and to have a Merchant Mariner Document (MMD), also known as a Z-card, to work on the boats. At the entry level, this security card, issued by the Coast Guard, allows employment on US vessels, as ordinary deckhand, food handler, stewards department and wiper. Cooking students for the oil industry will be required to have a drivers license and birth certificate or other acceptable forms of identification to acquire this card. Also required is a physical and drug test. Assistance to provide these requirements is offered at the school. Many of the above requirements are not mandated yet for the commercial fishing or towboat jobs. 

Many oil field boat companies are in need of able seaman (AB) to fill the manning requirement of the Certificate of Inspection (COI). In many instances the person responsible for the cooking can also fill the AB position, making him or her more valuable to the boat company.  

Some partial tuition scholarships have been offered by boat companies wanting a first look at our graduating students. We are working to renew our approvals with the VA for VA student loans to veterans. Many agencies including incumbent worker. workforce, re-Hab. and state unemployment can help in financial aid.

Employment placement assistance is available, free, through our direct contact with the oil field boat community, and use of the special job market services developed in this area of employment. Not all of our student body are looking for jobs when they graduate. Some of them are sponsored in the cooking school by boat companies that they already work for.

Free room and board for cooking students. On the top deck (3rd floor) of the main building there are 9 clean dorm rooms with 3 double decker beds with custom made mattresses in each room for students. On that floor is a separate sleeping room with 12 beds for male cooking school students. Showers and bathrooms are convenient, as well as a quiet study room for the studious. No TV, video games or cell phone conversations are permitted on the 3rd deck quiet zone. On the 2nd deck of the main building which houses the front office, office of the School Director and the security officer (24/7), there are two dorm rooms available for up to 12 females attending Son of a Sea-Cook

Workboat Cooking School.
Study hall, TV room, shower and bathroom, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot and
computer work area are provided for the ladies on this deck.