Working Their Way Up the Food Chain

TD Garden Employees_June 2015BOSTON GLOBE: Nonprofits’ free culinary classes aim to bring the jobless and underemployed into careers in kitchens.

By Sacha Pfeiffer

A free program is offered by the Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center in Boston’s Uphams Corner neighborhood. Its 10-week Culinary Arts Training Program is held three times a year for five days a week, five hours a day. It teaches food terminology, knife skills, and kitchen safety, among other basics.

“We don’t claim to be training chefs,” said Salvation Army spokesman Drew Forster. “What we’re looking to do is put someone into a better position to get an entry-level job in a restaurant kitchen.”

Since the program began last year, 72 people have graduated from it, and about 85 percent of them are employed in the industry, he said.

Through a partnership with TD Garden, several graduates work at the arena’s READ THE FULL ARTICLEBKC_BAN_Culinary500x151


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