OF JOB-SEEKING STUDENTS WERE PLACED IN CULINARY JOBS IN 2017.
Our graduates are currently working at restaurants including The Dutch and Little Park and food companies including White Moustache Yogurt.
These jobs have enabled our graduates to build a better life for themselves in New York City: some have moved out of the homeless shelters where they were living, others are making plans to bring their spouses and children to the U.S.
Adwa came to the United States at 18 as an asylee from Saudi Arabia. Adwa joined Emma’s Torch in June 2017, and participated in both a culinary apprenticeship and English language training. Adwa interned at the Emma’s Torch Classroom Cafe, and her shakshuka was featured on the cafe’s summer menu.
Adwa worked with us to determine long-term goals and prepare for job interviews, and ultimately received multiple prestigious job offers. After consultation with her Emma’s Torch mentors, she accepted the position as a line cook at The Dutch, where the chef offered her the chance to rotate through the organization and gain experience in multiple areas. When Kerry visited The Dutch in December, Adwa was front and center at the restaurant’s prominent Oyster bar.
Some of our Graduates
Our launch party and first graduation was held in 2016 at Brooklyn FoodWorks. Our first three students cooked and graduated. Check out the video below to hear their stories.