GO Kitchen Ready

Chef Dawes works with a Kitchen Ready student.

Kitchen Ready Student Jeffrey works with guest Chef Matt Dawes of The Bull & Beggar in the Southside Kitchen culinary classroom.


GO Kitchen Ready is a culinary training program that prepares graduates for employment in the food service industry, through a partnership between Green Opportunities, A-B Tech, and the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR).


The 15-week training program is free for low-income adults who face barriers to employment. Since its inception in 2012, Kitchen Ready has graduated over 125 students from the training program, the majority of whom have secured jobs in the industry.


Kitchen Ready students earn the ServSafe food handler’s certification from the National Restaurant Association and participate in a mentoring program supported by premiere Asheville restaurants and chefs. A portion of the program is devoted to essential life skills training, including resume writing, interviewing, job search, and job retention skills. Upon program completion, Kitchen Ready students receive a Foundations of Culinary continuing education certificate from A-B Tech.


Classes held in GO’s state-of-the-art commercial kitchen cover basic food service and technical skills including food safety, basic knife skills, culinary math, equipment identification, production method cooking, food station assembly and break down, basic culinary techniques, and kitchen communication, teamwork, and cleanliness.


To apply for the next training cycle, complete this intake form or drop by our office at 133 Livingston Street in Asheville to speak with a staff member.


History: GO Kitchen Ready began as a pilot project funded by the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association, with the first cycle beginning in March 2012 on the campus of William Randolph School. The training program was modeled after the Triad Community Kitchen program in Winston-Salem, NC and is part of the national organization Catalyst Kitchens. GO Kitchen Ready is now a core training program of Green Opportunities.