Information for Applicants

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Must be at least 18 years old
  2. Eligible for employment in the U.S.A.
  3. Be either unemployed or underemployed
  4. Be available to be in class from 8:30 am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Attendance is strictly enforced.
  5. Be curious, ready to learn, and able to complete all homework assignments.
  6. Be interested and eligible to work full-time in a food service career.
  7. Must not have any outstanding arrest warrants.
  8. Must live in a stable housing environment.
  9. Have 120 days drug free before the first day of class 
  10. Be able to stand for a minimum of 8 hours with two 15 minute breaks and be able to lift 50 pounds with reasonable accommodations.

Are you looking for a new career? 

Do you aspire to work in the culinary industry? 

Are you motivated to learn, grow, and change for a better future?

About the Program

You may be the perfect fit for Project Launch, a tuition-free, certified culinary apprenticeship program. The program specifically serves individuals who experience significantly high unemployment rates: formerly incarcerated adults, foster youth transitioning out of the system, survivors of domestic violence, individuals with mental health disorders, and individuals with a history of substance abuse.

During full day classes (attendance is mandatory), apprentices begin each morning by attending interactive lessons with the Career Coach on job readiness, workforce attitudes, and employment skills. Then apprentices spend the rest of the day in the kitchen learning hands on nutrition and culinary skills from the Chef Instructor. There are also weekly lessons from guest chefs, local San Diego restaurateurs, and hospitality professionals to teach unique culinary skills, and share insights and tips on the industry. The skills and lessons taught by the Chef Instructor and guest chefs are immediately practiced and tested each day, as apprentices prepare nutritious meals for hungry and homeless San Diegans. Every day, apprentices take pride in knowing that they are not only improving their own lives, but the lives of people in their community.

Below is a list of upcoming classes and application due dates. If you are interested in applying, please review the eligibility requirements and then click ‘Apply Now’ below, or download a hard copy application here. Hard copy applications can be submitted electronically to training@kitchensforgood.org or mailed to 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114. You will not be considered for the program until the application is received. If you are working with any other social service agencies, please have them download a hard copy referral form or complete the online referral form here.

Once we receive your application and your referral, we will review it and invite qualified candidates for an interview prior to the class start date. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee an interview or a spot in the apprenticeship program. This is a competitive program and we receive 60 applications for every 20 spots available. If the candidate successfully completes the interview, he/she will be scheduled to do a 2 hour trial shift in our kitchen. During the trial kitchen, candidates will be evaluated on punctuality, ability to follow instructions, ability to focus, team-work, and attitude.


This project is funded in part with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the City of San Diego.

Training Locations

There are two separate training locations available with slightly different formats.

City of San Diego at the Jacobs Center

Located in Southeast San Diego, this training program runs 5 classes of 20 apprentices a year, training 100 apprentices total per year (see course schedule below). The course is 12 weeks long and runs primarily from Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, with additional shifts on nights and weekends.

Address: 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego CA 92114

Classes in City of San Diego at the Jacobs Center

Class NumberApplication Due DateClass Start Date
20Jan 1, 2020Jan 22, 2020
21Mar 11, 2020Apr 1, 2020

North County San Diego at the Moonlight Amphitheatre

Located in Vista, this training program runs one group of 40 apprentices a year. This course is 20 weeks long and runs from March 1st to October 20th. The schedule is full time and varies from week to week, as apprentices alternate weeks between classes and paid on-the-job-training at the onsite restaurant.

Address: 1250 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, CA 92084

Classes in North County San Diego at the Moonlight Amphitheatre

Class NumberApplication Due DateClass Start Date
1 VistaMay 13, 2019May 20, 2019
2 VistaJan 5, 2020Mar 1, 2020

Agency Referral

If you are working with any other social service agencies please have them download a hard copy referral form or complete the online referral form here. Hard copy referrals can be submitted to training@kitchensforgood.org or at 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114.

Ready to Apply?

You can apply online with the button below, or pick up an application at our office.

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