Culinary Kick-Start Program

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Are you looking for an opportunity to get your foot in the door of the booming restaurant scene?

Maybe you’re looking to switch fields altogether and begin a new culinary career path? If so, our Culinary Kick-Start program is for you!

We are happy to announce that in 2019 both day and evening courses will be offered in Charleston, and that a day courses will be held in Myrtle Beach and Georgetown.

Click on the icons below for details regarding these FREE culinary training options designed to get you prepared to begin a career with top employers.

  • Hands-On Training. Courses include prep-cook training, learning food safety and sanitation, kitchen equipment and knife basics. Participants will also work in real working kitchens with program partners. In this portion of the course the focus is on developing your palettes while furthering your education in kitchen safety, mise en place, equipment and more.
  • Job Readiness Course. Succeeding in the workplace requires more than experience and training. Employers are looking for team members who have the “soft skills” that lead to long-term success. Goodwill will provide you with the tools you need to get, keep and excel in your new job including creating a stand-out resume, acing the interview and applying conflict resolution techniques.  Additionally, participants will receive a ServSafe Food Handler certification as part of this course.
  • Job Placements. The program will conclude with a graduation ceremony and an opportunity to interview with culinary partners at participating restaurants. Available full-time positions start at $12 per hour. Goodwill will also work with you one-on-one to identify and prepare you for job interviews, including resume writing and interview skills.
To sign up, please click on the location in which you are interested in taking the course.

The Culinary Kick-Start Training Program is now offered in Charleston (day and evening courses), Myrtle Beach and Georgetown (day course only).


See What Past Culinary Kick-Start Students Had To Say:

“Cooking has always been my passion. The best part of the program was the people. The hands-on training is important. I start my new job Monday because of this program.” – Zena Schultes

“I loved being able to train at different companies at a fast pace. It was a diverse group and I enjoyed that. The program is great for job placement. I already started my job through Good Food Catering.” – Victoria Robinson

“I joined the program to refine my cutting skills and learn cooking as whole. I got what I came for. The highlight of the program was working with the chefs. This program helped me get the job opportunity I deserve.” – Nicole Gourdine

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