Food Service Training (FANTAP)

An eight-week, full-time course that runs several times each year, our Vocational Food and Nutrition Training and Awareness Program (FANTAP) trains low-income women and men seeking to enter or re-enter the food service industry with living-wage employment. The program focuses on four particular areas:food_processing

  • Food safety and sanitation, with particular attention paid to the requirements for New York City’s Department of Health Food Protection Certificate;
  • Work-readiness skills: showing up to work, being part of a team in a high-stress environment, essential behaviors and manners for the kitchen, and necessary food-service vocabulary;
  • Fundamental nutrition knowledge, for both the workplace and the home;
  • Essential culinary skills, with an introduction to the regional cuisines of the world.

Students spend four full days per week at Broadway Community, alternating between the classroom and our ‘culinary lab,’ the kitchen where we prepare our Four-Star Soup Kitchen meals. After learning culinary techniques in class, students head to the kitchen to practice and develop them by cooking and serving the meals to our guests.

This is an essential component of our program and one that distinguishes us from our peers: students take the lead in preparing real meals for real guests, 150 of them each time. Students don’t just learn how something should theoretically be done; they must put that knowledge to work to ensure that all four courses of the meal are planned, prepared, and served appropriately within the culinary themes they’ve learned.

Do you know someone who would benefit from this course? Please email Chef Michael at