Application and Interview Process
We receive applicants from local high schools, community colleges, and youth employment community programs. Our applicants pass through several rounds of interviews, giving us a chance to get a sense of their attitude, dedication, and passion before carefully placing them at a host restaurant.
A discussion about the expectations of a restaurant kitchen, dress code requirements, and distribution of Food Handlers Certification Materials.
Interns spend 3-4 hours on-site with their chef mentor. This shift allows the chef to assess whether the intern is a good fit for the restaurant, and ensures they can commit to the new work structure and environment.
If all goes well, the intern will begin their 20-week internship, which is broken up into 2-4 shifts that total to 16 hours a week. As a mentor, we ask that you dedicate time to help your intern master kitchen basics, such as knife skills, food preparation, handling and storage. As you see improvement in your intern’s skills, they should be immersed in other culinary stations in your restaurant, hopefully getting some experience working on the line.
Sprouts supports each intern throughout the program, checking in with them each week. This allows us to track the interns’ progress, assist them with any challenges or personal issues. The Chef-In-Training program manager will also be in frequent contact with the mentor chef to ensure the intern is progressing and adjusting well to the program and kitchen.
Our goal through this program is for interns to get the job training they need to secure a position in the restaurant industry or are inspired to continue their culinary education – we would love for you to consider hiring on your apprentice if they show strong potential!