Culinary Skills Training

Learn Cooking Basics For Careers in the Food Service Industry

Goodwill offers a real-world culinary training opportunity for people interested in the food services field. The Culinary Skills training program is designed to train-while-you-work to prepare students for jobs such as pantry cooks, line cooks, pastry chef assistants, cashier or hostess’s, catering support and back end of the house help.

Culinary Training

Program Overview

Work as a team and grow as an individual under the daily guidance of Chef Jeff Pratt in our student-run restaurant –  Neighborhood Bistro. The program includes hands on training, placement services, resume writing and networking assistance along with personal support and resources to help you complete the program and find work. At the end of the program you will earn a Culinary Essentials Certificate and a Culinary Advanced Certificate setting you apart from other candidates applying for culinary jobs.

Program Requirements

  • You must be at least 18 year old to apply for the program
  • Available Monday – Friday 8am – 3pm
  • No food service experience needed
  • Passionate about food and the food service industry

Program Benefits:

  • This program is free to all qualified applicants
  • Students will receive a stipend for time spent training in the kitchenCatalyst Kitchens logo
  • Cash Bonus for student participation and attendance
  • Free meals, uniforms & shoes
  • Internship, placement & support and free ServSafe credentials.
  • 2 Culinary program certificates

The Culinary Essentials Certificate includes instruction in:

  • Knife Skills
  • Catering
  • Kitchen & Food SafetyADFEF logo
  • Basic Cooking Techniques
  • Baking
  • Soups
  • Customer Service
  • Cash Register

The Culinary Advanced Certificate includes additional instruction in:

  • Advanced Cooking Techniques
  • Hot and Cold Line Service
  • Recipe Interpretation

Does this program sound right for you? Attend a bi-monthly Info Session to learn more 

Info Sessions are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month
2pm at Goodwill’s Milgard Word Opportunity Center
714 S 27th St, Tacoma
Print a program flyer CLICK HERE

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Phone: 253.573.6656

Click here to see our Culinary Skills flyer.

Meet Chef Jeff – Culinary Program Manager

Goodwill Chef JeffJeff Pratt earned his culinary degree in Renton, WA and has 25 years of experience in the restaurant/hospitality industry. His experience ranges from chef/innkeeper at a waterfront country inn, where he was named Innkeeper of the Year for Kitsap County, to chef at an upscale neighborhood restaurant; from food & beverage director at a Las Vegas golf club to corporate chef for a regional retirement housing provider.

Jeff has served as chairman of the culinary arts advisory committee at Renton Technical College. He is an active member of the American Culinary Federation where he serves as Treasurer of the local chapter and Chair of the Culinary Apprenticeship committee. He was been named Washington State Chefs Association “Chef of the Year” for 2013 and has twice been the recipient of the President’s Medal for service to the community.



Companies that have hired Goodwill Culinary Program graduates:


Fred Meyer logo Seafarers Union
El Goucho logo Tacoma Public Schools logo





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