Gain skills and confidence in the kitchen to prepare for work in NYC’s food industry and beyond.
Our food career programs provide the technical and professional skills you need for employment in this vibrant sector. We are with you every step of the way—from selecting a role that fits your skills and schedule, to helping you prepare your resume and get ready for your interview.
Our culinary training programs include training for the NYC Food Protection Exam. Passing the exam earns you the Food Protection Certification, a valuable, lifelong credential and significant advantage in the food industry job market.
Signature Culinary Fundamentals Program
This program provides hands-on instruction on basic culinary and baking techniques, food safety, and other kitchen fundamentals. Intermediate English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is also available.
People who complete this program are placed in high-quality entry level jobs in the food industry with employers such as Restaurant Associates, Google, Eataly, Whole Foods Market, Amy’s Bread and more. Most of these food jobs have access to benefits and set schedules and the average starting wage is $17.91 an hour.
Ready to get started?
Complete a brief application indicating your interest in this program and a staff member will be in touch with next steps, including an interview process. Our helpful staff will walk you through every step!
|Best For||Women, non-binary, and genderqueer people ready to take steps toward a first job in the food industry|
|Time Commitment||25 hours per week for 5 weeks|
Culinary and professional readiness instruction: 10am to 3pm
ESOL for intermediate English speakers: 3:15pm to 4:45pm ET
Classes are also offered in the evening at partner locations. Times are subject to change.
|Where||In-person programming is located at Hot Bread Kitchen’s headquarters in Chelsea Market or takes place at locations throughout the city.|
|When||February 5—March 8, 2024|
First Course NYC Program
First Course NYC provides culinary instruction and apprenticeship opportunities for aspiring restaurant cooks.
Becoming a restaurant cook, or line cook, requires more advanced training and experience–and typically offers higher wages–than entry-level kitchen positions, making it an excellent opportunity to grow in a culinary career.
Hot Bread Kitchen is teaming up with New York City Small Business Services to cook up fresh career opportunities for New Yorkers.
Ready to get started?
Join us for an info session, where we’ll walk you through the program and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions.
|Best For||People of all gender identities ready to take next steps towards a restaurant cook job in the food industry|
|Time Commitment||8 weeks of Culinary Training: 2pm—9pm |
6 weeks at on-the-job-training site (schedule up to restaurant; 35 hours/week)
|Where||Culinary Training takes place at Hot Bread Kitchen’s headquarters in Chelsea Market.|
|When||November 6—January 11|
Confidence in the Kitchen
“When I started doing this and they told me that it’s a male-dominated field where they don’t want to let females in, I wanted to make it my business to get in there. I’m really good at bread. I take pride in that. I want to learn, I want to grow, I want to be challenged, I want to invent and make recipes.”
—Sharabia, Hot Bread Kitchen member
Frequently Asked Questions
What can we expect to learn?
Culinary Fundamentals: During the 5 weeks of training, you’ll learn knife skills, kitchen fundamentals, cooking techniques, bakery production, basic safety and sanitation, and personal and professional skills to get you ready for a job in the food industry. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for intermediate speakers is also available.
First Course: You will learn the basic skills and knowledge you’ll need to become a successful restaurant cook. We’ll cover everything from time management and reading recipes to how to properly set up a work station and how to read and follow a prep sheet. You’ll learn technical cooking skills such as deep frying, sautéing, sauce making and more.
If I am accepted, what are the requirements?
- Have an interest in cooking and the intention to work in the food industry
- Commit to attending training every day
- Show up on time
- Have an open and flexible schedule for the duration of the program
- Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – more information here
Does Hot Bread Kitchen require COVID-19 Vaccination?
Yes, Hot Bread Kitchen is requiring participants in all programs to be vaccinated and, if eligible, to have completed a booster shot.
Are the programs virtual or in-person?
Training is held in-person at our Manhattan kitchen facility (Chelsea Market) or partner locations around New York City.
What is the interview process like?
Culinary Fundamentals: First, you will fill out a short application. Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an interview process, which will include a kitchen interview as one-on-one interviews (no culinary experience is required!) Applicants will be notified via text message if they are selected for the program.
First Course: First, you will attend an information session. After learning more about the program, you’ll be given the link to apply.
Applicants will be invited to interview based on their initial applications. If you are invited in for an interview, you will meet with Hot Bread Kitchen team members for us to learn more about your interest in the program and availability. The interview is a chance for us to get to know you and your goals better!
During your interview, you will also be asked to take online assessments that will test your listening and problem solving skills.
The next step is to attend an observational session at one of our restaurant partners where you will get to watch what a day in the life of a restaurant cook looks like. Applicants will be notified via email at every step of the way.
How long are the programs?
Culinary Fundamentals: 5 weeks of Culinary Training
First Course: 8 weeks of Culinary Training plus 6 weeks at on-the-job-training site
What types of jobs will the programs prepare me for?
Culinary Fundamentals: entry-level roles in the food industry including prep cook, food service worker, pastry assistant, and entry-level baker.
First Course: prep cook or line cook
How soon can I expect to start a job?
Most people who complete the program start a job within one month. It depends on your schedule and availability, as well as employer onboarding process and timeline. We’ll walk you through it all!