An eight-week, paid apprenticeship program with 400 hours of culinary training.

Our curriculum, designed in consultation with our Culinary Council, ensures that our students master all of the critical skills needed to work in a restaurant kitchen.

Our students also gain work experience at the Emma's Torch restaurant while receiving job readiness training and English language support.

Program Structure

Month 1

  • Introduction to the professional American kitchen, knife skills, communication skills, and key culinary techniques

  • Prep food for the Emma’s Torch restaurant

Month 2

  • Work the line in the Emma’s Torch restaurant

  • Cater a wide range of events in-restaurant and beyond our walls

Throughout the program

  • Weekly English classes focused on culinary vocabulary and interview preparation

  • Job Readiness Workshops, mock interviews, and mock trails with leading restaurants in NYC.

  • Weekly evaluations to track progress and prepare for a long-term career


  • Design a dish for a celebratory graduation dinner

  • Get help finding a job in the food industry


Our program is free. What’s more, we pay our students $15 / hour. This allows more students to take advantage of the opportunity and cover some expenses while they participate.

We also offer a Korin knife and a uniform to all of our students.

Who Should Apply?

  • Refugees, asylees, or survivors of human trafficking over the age of 18

  • Authorized to work in the United States

  • Able to lift 25 pounds (11kg) and stand on their feet for 8 hours

  • Able to follow directions and communicate in basic English

  • Have an open and flexible schedule for the entire duration of the program, including weekends and evenings.

  • Passionate about food and interested in a career in the culinary industry