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!

Apply now for a free 8-day culinary training designed to get you prepared to begin a career with top employers.

The next course begins August 20th!
  • Hands-On Training. You will begin the program with four full days of prep-cook training, learning food safety and sanitation, kitchen equipment and knife basics. You will then have the opportunity to work in real working kitchens with our program partners. In this portion of the course, you will focus 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. Following the program, Goodwill will work with you one-on-one to identify and prepare you for appropriate job opportunities including resume writing and interview skills. The program will commence with an opportunity to interview with our culinary partner for available positions at participating restaurants. Available full-time positions start at $12 per hour.
  • Graduation. Following completion of the program, students will be able to invite two guests to join them as they graduate the Culinary Kick-Start Program.

Day 1: Employment Skills Bootcamp with Palmetto Goodwill (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Day 2 – 5: Training at Lowcountry Food Bank / Shepherd’s Table (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

Day 6 – 7: Chef apprenticeships at partner restaurant (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Day 8: Graduation/Job Interviews

To sign up, please click on the location you are interested in below.

The Culinary Kick-Start Training Program is now offered in the Charleston & Myrtle Beach areas.

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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