GO Kitchen-Ready is a culinary training program that prepares graduates for employment in food service. It began as a pilot project funded by Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR) and has since joined our core training programs. Like GO Forward, it is a free training program for low-income adults who face barriers to employment.
Classes cover basic food service and technical skills including culinary, baking, food safety and sanitation, food vocabulary and kitchen math. A portion of the class will be devoted to life skill training, covering nutrition, resume writing, interviewing, job search, job retention skills and managing personal finances. The use of local food products is a key component of the training.
Graduation provides students with “kitchen-ready” skills, including SERV-SAFE certification and a mentoring program supported by Asheville area restaurants. The program offers placement support along with our partners AIR, Goodwill Industries, and the Asheville City Schools Foundation.
The first classes began in March 2012 on the campus of William Randolph School, marking the first of two 12-week training sessions. Students receive 192 hours of hands-on kitchen instruction and 96 hours of classroom instruction over a twelve-week period. Class is limited to 15 students. Costs for participating in the program will be covered for qualified applicants.
GO Kitchen-Ready uses the training to produce ready-to-eat meals for distribution through MANNA Food Bank and before or after school meals at William Randolph School.
To apply for the upcoming program cycle, complete this form and mail to Mark Rosenstein, Green Opportunities, P.O. Box 7235, Asheville, NC 28801 or drop off at our office.