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Explore your passion for food as a Culinary Apprentice. With our California state-certified Culinary Apprenticeship, prepare for a variety of industry roles through expert instruction from experienced chefs. Learn skills such as meat, poultry, vegetable, and starch cookery to kitchen safety, knife skills, and station management. Transform your life with a Culinary Apprenticeship as you prepare for a career in the culinary arts. 

Culinary Apprenticeship Details

Kitchens for Good provides a supportive, welcoming environment to help you build a sustainable career. We offer free education, weekly stipends, and transportation support. During the program, you’ll develop technical skills and receive career readiness instruction, ongoing case management support, and career coaching so you’re ready to excel in your new career. 

Applicants must complete a short application and participate in an in person try-out to determine eligibility. No experience necessary. Learn more about the Apprenticeship Programs and read the FAQ for more information.

Benefits of a Culinary Apprenticeship

  • Tuition-free, hands-on training from industry professionals
  • Weekly stipends during skills training
  • Transportation support
  • Uniforms and tools needed to perform professionally
  • Food handlers’ certificate
  • Paid on-the-job training with an employer partner
  • 12 months of career coaching and customized support services
  • A career with starting compensation well above minimum wage and benefits
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Next Class Begins

October, 2023

Enrollment for the July 2023 Culinary Apprenticeship programs has ended. All Apprenticeship applications will be processed for the October 2023 cohort, our Program Coordinator will reach out to you with in 7 business days to discuss your application. Thank you!

What You Will

Technical Skills

  • Basic principles of baking
  • Breakfast cookery
  • Brigade system
  • Buffet set up and etiquette
  • Customer service
  • Dairy & cheese identification and pairing
  • Dressings and emulsions
  • Front-of-house, including table service
  • Garde manger
  • Garnishes
  • Hot cooking methods
  • Identification and use of fruit and vegetables
  • Identification and use of spice and seasoning
  • Inventory control and costing
  • Kitchen equipment identification and use
  • Kitchen Safety
  • Knife skills
  • Line cooking and reading tickets
  • Meat, poultry & vegetable & starch cookery
  • Menu planning
  • Mise en place
  • Overview of types of diets and allergies
  • Pickling
  • Plating
  • Portion control
  • Recipe conversion
  • Sanitation and hygiene
  • Seafood fabrication and cookery
  • Seasonings and flavorings
  • Station management
  • Stocks, sauces, soups, and stews

Career Readiness Instruction

  • Teamwork
  • Communication techniques
  • Conflict resolution
  • Stress management
  • Financial literacy
  • Employee rights
  • Resume writing
  • Job searching 101
  • Networking
  • Interviewing techniques







Door of Hope
2799 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

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