Workforce Development

Empowering Guests to kickstart careers in the foodservice industry

Culinary Training for All

Since 2004, we have provided a free culinary training program to members of our community seeking to enter the foodservice industry. In 2022, we are proud to offer this training program in partnership with the Mandala Café, a local nonprofit organization committed to providing access, dignity and mutuality around the issues of food & employment.

The Mandala Kitchens Culinary Training Program offers free or low-cost 12 week culinary training to anyone seeking to develop food service skills in order to obtain employment in a commercial setting. In a mix of classroom, kitchen work, field trips, study and practice, the Program provides a stellar opportunity for Fellows to learn the basics of the food service industry.

Program Curriculum

  • Sanitation and hygiene
  • Kitchen tools, materials, and equipment
  • Knife skills and cuts
  • Mise en place
  • Cooking methods
  • Baking basics
  • Teamwork and team building
  • Invoices, inventory, and food costs

The training will also include a meditation and life skills component.

Upon successful completion of the program, Fellows will be prepared to earn their New York City Department of Health Food Protection Certificates and will receive job placement services.