Chef in Training Program

PROGRAM OVERVIEW


Sprouts Cooking Club offers vocational culinary apprenticeships to low income youth – during the transitional age of 16-24 – as an opportunity to learn cooking and restaurant employment skills under some of the best chefs at top restaurants in the Bay Area! Chef-in-Training (CIT) apprentices gain hands-on experience learning about knife skills, food handling and safety, ingredient prep, and various specialized stations such as salads, grill, pasta, baking, pastry, and more.

Since 2012, we have had 21 apprentices successfully graduate from our program. 72% of graduated Chefs-in-Training have continued on in the culinary field, finding employment in establishments such as Locanda, 25 Lusk, and Evergreen Lodge in Yosemite and continuing culinary education in local community programs. Apprentices leave the Chef-in-Training program with industry experience and skills that will build a solid foundation for a future in the culinary world.

Background

“It is hard to overstate the meaningful impact Sprouts Cooking Club has made to our school’s interns. I can say with confidence that Sprouts is one of the most effective programs I’ve ever engaged within 5 years of youth engagement. Our school community is grateful for their expertise and professionalism and look forward to impacting more youth”

– Terrance Holliday

Ralph J. Bunche High School Work Based Learning Liaison, 2016

APPLICATION


PROGRAM DETAILS

The Chef-in-Training Program is a 4-6 month program. Unlike Sprouts other programs, the Chef-in-Training Program is not a cooking class, but rather a one-on-one style apprenticeship. Apprentices are working in a real, fast-paced, physically demanding restaurant kitchen, with the food they prepare going out directly to customers. Applicants should possess the passion and drive to make the long-term commitment to this kind of work.

We accept applications on a rolling basis! You are encouraged to apply if you have a strong interest in pursuing a future in the culinary industry!

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
  • 16-24 years old
  • Speak fluent English
  • Live in San Francisco Bay Area
  • Available to work at least 16 hours/week
  • Have access to transportation (personal or public)
  • No previous experience in the restaurant industry is necessary
  • Desire to use skills learned to pursue future path in the culinary field
Background

We would love to get in touch!
Send us an email at caitlin@sproutscookingclub.org!

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(207) 233-2757
Sprout's Locations

KITCHEN OFFICES
Girls Inc. Oakland
510 16th street
Oakland CA 94612
Impact Hub Oakland
2323 Broadway
Oakland CA 94612

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