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Program Details

Culinary Arts:

Culinary arts is the art of preparing and cooking foods. A person trained in the culinary arts typically works as a prep cook, line cook, or a chef. They are responsible for skillfully preparing meals that are as pleasing to the palate as to the eye. Individuals trained in the culinary arts work primarily in restaurants, hospitals, schools, hotels, and other institutions.

Culinary Job Training Program:

We give struggling individuals who live in the community the skills needed to enter the foodservice workforce. Our program provides hands-on culinary training by a professional chef and includes food preparation, sanitation, kitchen communication skills, and proper use of equipment.

Individual Impact:

Every job requires a set of skills and behaviors, sometimes called soft skills or job-readiness skills. In addition to acquiring culinary skills, students will learn to communicate with coworkers, solve problems, understand their role within a team, and take charge of their career. Additionally, students will learn how to prepare a resume and practice interview skills and will receive support in finding and retaining employment in the culinary workforce.


Through generous contributions from LAHIA supporters, our goal is for students that live in economically challenging situations, to be able to participate in this transformative 9-week program tuition-free. With committed support from our donors, we will train and help transform the lives of 25-30 motivated students annually.

Graduated Student Goals

Candidate Skills Sets Acquired from the Culinary Program:

  • Food Service Sanitation & Food Safety

  • Food Handlers Certification Test

  • Cooking Skills: Bake, Broil, Grill, Braise, Sauté, and  Fry

  • Culinary Skills: Weights & Measures / Time & Temperature

  • Life Skills:  Kitchen English – Interview Practice – Resume Writing

  • Teamwork: Defining respect for yourself and others

  • Self-Pride: Become part of the foodservice team – Increase confidence - Make a good wage

Culinary Job Readiness

Workforce Introduction

  • Read and complete a job application form

  • Outline the steps to choosing an area in foodservice that fits your interests

  • Understand the steps to an effective job interview

  • Coach the follow-up steps from a job interview

Building a Career in the Foodservice Industry

Develop a plan for an effective job search

  • Create a resume that lists your experience, skills, and achievements

  • Write an effective cover letter

  • Food Handlers Certification – Will receive after passing the test

  • Certificate of Completion of LAHIA Culinary Pathway – after successfully completing the course.

Learning Environment

Our kitchen simulates an actual commercial work environment as closely as possible through hands-on training, skill development, conduct, dress code

and schedule.

LAHIA Culinary Pathway Kitchen Plan



Employability Skills

Every job requires a set of skills and behaviors, sometimes called soft skills

or job-readiness skills. In addition to acquiring culinary skills, students will

learn to communicate with coworkers, solve problems, understand their role within a team, and take charge of their career. Additionally, students will learn how to prepare a resume and practice interview skills and will receive support in finding and retaining employment in the culinary workforce.

Individual Impact

Our culinary pathway program was developed to act as the catalyst for individuals in a community to build a better life for themselves. The skills

and training program will provide a pathway for previously unattainable job opportunities. Our goal is to promote individual economic sustainability

through education.

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