Our Mission:

To empower refugees, asylees, and survivors of human trafficking through culinary education.

Our Vision:

A country where refugees are welcomed as drivers of the economy and as enhancers of their new communities.

Founded in 2016, our non-profit social enterprise provides top-notch culinary training to refugees and has helped them find meaningful careers in the food industry. We run our classes out of our restaurant in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn and our cafe at the Brooklyn Public Library.

The Problem

For refugees coming to America, one of the hardest parts of the transition can be finding a new job. A job is important for more than just a paycheck. It is a chance to meet new people, practice language skills, and find a sense of fulfillment and self-worth after what can be a jarring and disorienting move.

Enter Emma's Torch

We provide refugees with culinary training, ESL classes and interview preparation. We set them up for successful employment in an industry in which their cultural heritage and cuisine can be celebrated. What’s more, we provide a community in which they can build supportive relationships.

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The Evolving Food Industry

Restaurants in New York City are struggling to fill line cook positions. We collaborate with some of New York's most renowned chefs, industry leaders and restaurant groups to help our students find jobs after they graduate. 

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Our partners

We partner with some of the largest refugee resettlement and advocacy organizations in the world. Our partners help us identify refugees, asylees and survivors of human trafficking who would be a good fit for our program.

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Our partners include…