Culinary Job Training

Culinary Job Training

Culinary Job Training


Economic hardship, lack of job skills, and stigma towards ex-cons causes parolees to face an unemployment rate of 70-80%, and high levels of recidivism.

From ages 18-24, foster youth experience unemployment at rates of 40%.

San Diego also holds the 4th highest population of homeless individuals in the nation.



Project Launch is a tuition-free, 12-week certified culinary apprenticeship program that trains 90 individuals a years to launch their career in the culinary and hospitality industry.  The program specifically serves individuals who are experiencing significantly high unemployment rates: formerly incarcerated adults, foster youth transitioning out of the system, victims of domestic violence, individuals with mental health disorders, and individuals with histories of substance abuse.

By providing technical skills, workforce readiness instruction, case management, and industry certification (food handlers certificate and culinary apprenticeship certificate), Kitchens for Good assists these unemployed individuals to become employed and self-sufficient. During full day classes, students begin each morning by attending interactive lessons from the Career Coach, a licensed social worker, on job readiness, workforce attitudes, and life skills. Then students spend six hours a day in the kitchen learning nutrition and culinary skills, and practice these skills by preparing nutritious meals for food insecure populations. Because Project Launch is a California certified culinary apprenticeship program, students engage in on the job training in Kitchens for Good catering and events enterprise. This gives them the opportunity to earn while they learn.

The program has a strong track record in helping to break the cycles of poverty and help people reach self sufficiency, with a 90% employment rate of graduates, earning an average starting wage of $13.20 an hour.

 Please see the links below for more information on how to apply or refer a client to the program.

If you are a Chef or Culinary Employer interested in providing guest Chef Demos, hiring our graduates, or hosting as student as an intern,  please contact

Learn More About Our Other Programs

Reducing Food Waste

Utilizing Surplus and Cosmetically Imperfect Food

Culinary Job Training

Training People to Thrive in Careers in the Culinary Industry

Healthy Meals

Combatting Hunger with Nutritious Meals for Families in Need

Social Enterprise

Funding Programs, Creating Jobs, and Supporting Local Farmers

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