Acrylic on canvas, 20x20in - 2022
Teach someone to cook, and they can feed themselves and support others. For men and women wanting to change their lives, the Food Services Training Program teaches them the theoretical and practical skills needed to work in a commercial kitchen. Program applicants must demonstrate only one qualification to be accepted into the program — a strong desire to change their lives for the better. Students pay no costs, and The Mission makes sure they have all the tools they need to succeed.
Students graduate with a credential that allows them to be self-supporting as well as having newfound confidence, pride and dignity. Since 2004, over 200 students have graduated from the program, 90% of whom have secured positions in the food industry by the time of graduation.
Here, FSTP students enjoy a well-deserved break from their training in the classroom at Chef Ric’s.