We are thrilled to be piloting a new program this summer in partnership with CAYIP (Community Attention Youth Internship Program). We have six interns joining us for four weeks – each week they’ll be led through intensive culinary training by our own CHEF Kids Program Manager John Robinson and Executive Chef Antwon Brinson, while also providing general operational support (e.g. setting up for classes, volunteering in youth programming, etc.).
The culinary curriculum includes safety training, knife skills, how to set up food prep stations, practice cooking with different vegetables and meats, and much more. Plus, our instructors will be supporting CAYIP’s soft skills development such as communication, interviewing, and teambuilding.
Additionally, each intern will spend time working with a partner restaurant getting practical, real world “back of house” experience. We’re extremely fortunate to have the support of four area restaurants – Brasserie Saison, Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar, The Alley Light, and The Pie Chest are all opening up their kitchens to provide a unique learning experience for the interns.
Each of these young men and women self-identified as having a particular interest in culinary arts and/or the food service industry. The intent of this unique program is to build on these aspirations, empowering them with the culinary skills and professional knowledge needed to gain quality employment with opportunities for advancement.
Please be sure to follow us over the rest of the summer on FB and Instagram for pics and updates as our interns move through the program!