Trainees Cooking

Goodwill’s culinary arts training program is an 8 to 12 week training course that is certified through the American Culinary Federation (AFC) and taught in a fully equipped and approved industrial size kitchen. It provides culinary arts training and employment assistance to homeless individuals and recently released incarcerated individuals. Classes are conducted in a working kitchen, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Support staff includes case managers and job coaches, as well as employment assistance coordinators.

The Culinary Arts Program is a Unity of Greater New Orleans program and not a part of Goodwill’s Training Center certification programs.

Culinary Training Program Covers:

  • Rules & regulations as well as hands-on operation of equipment, utensils and food preparation.
  • Proper storage techniques and sanitation principles.
  • Soup, sauces, baking, food preparation, breakfast cookery, basic cuts of meat and butchery.
  • Receiving and storage practices.
  • Regional cuisine, as well as general basic large scale food production techniques.
  • After completion of required courses, student will receive a certificate of completion, as well as assistance with resume writing and job placement.

Culinary Arts Training Program Criteria:

  • Must be at least 17 years old
  • Meet low-income guidelines
  • Able to pass a T.B. skin test
  • Must have a clear criminal record (no current outstanding warrants)
  • Must possess functional literacy skills

Goodwill’s training program has graduated more than 700 students and its graduates are successful employed at fine dining restaurants, hotels, casinos, hospitals, hospitals colleges and offshore vessels.

For more information, contact: Ron Mott, Case Manager
Phone: 504-456-3928 Email:
3400 Tulane Avenue, Suite 1000 New Orleans, LA 70119