Culinary Job Training breaks the cycle of poverty, and at the same time, helps feed the hungry. 

There is no better illustration of feed, teach, grow. 

The Culinary Job Training Program (CJTP) was established with a two-fold goal: to break the cycle of poverty by providing professional skills to adults in need of a living wage; and to provide fresh, healthy, prepared foods to Food Shuttle partner agencies and catering customers. Our Catering with a Cause service allows CJTP students and graduates a chance to cook professionally, and helps to make our culinary school self-sustaining.

CJTP is a full-time 11-week course combining classroom time with hands-on work in our commercial kitchen. Students gain skills and knowledge of: 

  • Food safety and sanitation
  • Knife skills and familiarity with commercial equipment
  • Culinary terminology
  • Cooking techniques for sauces, meats, vegetables and baked goods
  • Nutrition
  • Life and employment skills

Graduates exit the program with in-demand knowledge, including ServSafe Certification from the National Restaurant Association. Over 70% of graduates are employed within 18 months. Venues that have hired graduates include: Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, Dickie’s BBQ, Whole Foods, The Raleigh Times, Centerplate at the Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh Country Club and NCSU Dining Services.

Individuals who are in need of additional training prior to outside employment can enter into our Internship Program. Interns earn income as they hone both cooking and job skills while preparing food for Food Shuttle agencies and catering customers.

Interested in hiring a CJTP Grad? Email Bevin@FoodShuttle.org.

College wasn’t the right path for Garrick Knight and he was having a hard time landing a job. That's when he stumbled upon a flyer for the Food Shuttle's Culinary Job Training Program. Now he works full time as a Prep Cook at Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen. Click through to hear Garrick's story.

College wasn’t the right path for Garrick Knight and he was having a hard time landing a job. That's when he stumbled upon a flyer for the Food Shuttle's Culinary Job Training Program. Now he works full time as a Prep Cook at Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen. Click through to hear Garrick's story.

Fostering Wellness Workforce Readiness Program

The Fostering Wellness Workforce Readiness Program is a 10-week program focusing on culinary training, employment skills and leadership opportunities for young people with a history of foster care in Durham, Orange, and Wake counties. 

Hear from Onyx Williams, an aged-out foster youth who participated in the Fostering Wellness Workforce Readiness Program. This is the first part of this miniseries looking at the affordable housing crisis in Wake County.

Requirements to Participate: 

  • 18-24 years old
  • Referral from an agency
  • History in foster care
  • Interest in culinary and/or improving employment skills

Fostering Wellness Collaborative Partners

  • Life Skills
  • Hope Center
  • Dress For Success
  • SAYSO (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out)
  • United Way of the Greater Triangle

Interested? Contact FosteringWellness@foodshuttle.org or (919) 390-1964 for more information.