culinary arts training program

culinary arts training

Goal: Learn the skills and techniques necessary to seek, secure and hold high demand positions in the Food Service industry.

Days/Hours: 13-week structured, hands-on learning program. Classes meet Monday -Thursday from 8:00 am-2:30pm at the People Serving People shelter.

Training: Baking, soups/sauces, sanitation, deep frying and sautéing, roasting, stews/braising, use of kitchen equipment, and recipe analysis. Each area of training has its own section, so you can learn at your own rate. The final exam requires you to plan and supervise the creation of a full course meal for up to 350 guests staying at People Serving People.

Cost: FREE. Books, uniforms and other class materials are provided by People Serving People. Students are paid $13.00/hour for participating in the program (12 paid weeks with 2 unpaid partial days for ServSafe preparation and testing).

Student Requirements: Participants pass a background check (no violent or sex offenses). Basic math and reading skills are important- tutoring help is available during the training.  Students must provide their own black leather, non-skid, non-slip shoes.

Training Sessions & Class Size: Four continuous sessions per year generally starting in January. Candidates can request an interview three weeks prior to the start of the next session. Space is limited to ensure individual attention.

Employment Readiness: Prior to graduation, students work with People Serving People’s Employment Advocates to create a resume and search for employment. Graduates have the skills to enter positions earning an average of $10-$12 an hour.

Location: People Serving People, 614 3rd Street South, Minneapolis (near the new US Bank Stadium). We are located near mass transit (light rail and bus).

Benefits: Upon completion, each graduate is given a shot at the Servsafe Certification and opportunities to interview for post-training internships.

How do I apply for Culinary Arts Training?

  • Contact the Human Resources department at 612.277.0252 to schedule a meeting.
  • Arrive at the appointment on time to take a pre-test and complete a program application.
  • Students will be selected for an interview based on the results of their pre-tests and applications. Not all candidates will be selected for an interview. Human Resources will call selected candidates to make an interview appointment.
  • Arrive at your interview on time. After your interview, the Food Services Manager will select candidates who they feel are best suited for success in our culinary arts program. Not all candidates interviewed will be accepted into the Culinary Arts Training program.

For more information contact the Human Resources department at 612.277.0252 or

People Serving People

People Serving People helps homeless and at-risk children and their families manage crisis situations and build a strong foundation for their long-term success. Culinary arts training combines classroom and hands-on training, preparing graduates to obtain stable jobs in the high-demand food services industry. Classes are taught by our professional chefs, with more than 30 years combined experience and hands-on training occurs in our full-scale industrial kitchen, serving an average of 645 meals daily.