Culinary Training

class of chefs Have you always wanted to become a chef? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Self-Help for the Elderly provides a culinary training program to enter the culinary profession. This 4 to 11 week program teaches students basic food handling and preparation techniques designed to get them entry level employment in the culinary field. They are taught skills and techniques that will help them enter the culinary field as food prep workers. The skills they will acquire include learning how to use kitchen equipment properly and safely. By the end of the program, they will:

  • Master a wide range of cooking techniques
  • Have the ability to cook under pressure
  • Understand proper kitchen etiquette
  • Know line terminology
  • Know appropriate knife skills and safety
  • Improve their speed and accuracy

The program runs for approximately 4-11 weeks, 3-5 days a week, usually from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Two programs run each year, typically for fall and spring semesters. Orientations are held to assess students and refer them to a training program based on their assessment. Students must have a certain understanding of the English language to be able to go through the program and be placed.

This program is funded through San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s Hospitality Initiative. Self-Help for the Elderly has partnered with City College of San Francisco to conduct the training. Self-Help recruits participants, provides case management and job readiness training, and places graduates in jobs at the end of the program. All classes take place at City College of San Francisco’s Chinatown North Beach Campus.

To join the next semester as a culinary student, contact us today!


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