What will I learn? This program will help prepare you for an entry-level job at a restaurant to start your career. This includes: food handling certificate, job readiness skills, food preparation, equipment identification, knife skills, recipe development, product identification, storage, cooking methods, and nutrition.
Who is eligible to apply for the training? Any young adults age 16-24, who are interested in a culinary or food service career. No prior training or degree is necessary. Young adults with backgrounds can apply and will be considered.
How much does it cost? There is no cost for the training, as the tuition is paid for by our donors. There is however, a $25 refundable fee for materials and a commitment of time and dedication required to complete the course.
When will the training occur and how long is it? The next cohort will occur in August 2023. All sessions are 8-weeks with a 4-week paid internship. Class will be Monday through Thursday.
Where will it be held? The training will be held in the Impact Kitchen at The Hatchery, located at 135 N. Kedzie Avenue. Internships will take place in restaurants around the Chicagoland area.
Will I receive help to find a job? ICNC has a successful placement program and will assist in finding you employment after you pass the training and complete your internship. While we do not guarantee jobs, many of our employers will guarantee training graduates the opportunity to interview for positions they qualify for. We currently partner with multiple reputable restaurants and nontraditional employers.
What kind of job could I be eligible for after completing the training? A line cook, prep cook, server, beverage service professional, or host and hostess, to name a few.
How do I apply? Visit www.impactculinary.org and click any of the 'Apply Now' buttons to fill out an application for the winter 2023 cohort. Contact Lorraine at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Recruitment will take place year-round and applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis. What happens after I apply? We will invite applicants who meet the minimum requirements to come in for a required information session.