Calling All Aspiring Chefs

CK GraduationDo you have a candidate in mind for our Culinary Training Program?

Second Harvest Food Bank’s Culinary Program is a 14-week continuing education opportunity offering at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults the culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry. The program is completely FREE to qualified applicants and has a 100% employment placement rate for students who graduate the program.

Classes are held Monday–Friday at Second Harvest Food Bank from 8:00a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Applications are being accepted now for the following sessions:

SESSION DATES                                                  APPLICATION DEADLINE

August 3, 2015 – November 6, 2015                     July 22, 2015

September 21, 2015 – December 18, 2015           August 31, 2015


You may apply in person at 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando FL, or, simply download our application here.

For more information, contact Idalia Nunez at or 407-514-1037.

Get a taste of the program here:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Have experienced financial instability (unemployment, low wage, government assistance, etc.) during the last 12 months
  • Must not possess a criminal history involving arson, sexual battery or violent crimes. All other criminal activity records will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Must agree to disclose and provide criminal history records
  • Must agree to a background check and drug test
  • Must be drug and alcohol-free for at least one year prior to the application and enrolled in a rehabilitation support program
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D. preferred, or the ability to meet minimum aptitude requirements based on curriculum needs
  • Demonstrate an enthusiasm for and willingness to commit to the Program and food service industry
  • Must have the physical ability to perform required kitchen duties as assigned, including standing for long periods of time, lifting (which may include up to 50 lbs.), bending and, on occasion, working in rooms with cool temperatures (below 40° F)
  • Must be able to attend classes Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for 14 weeks.
Calling All Aspiring Chefs
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