Culinary Arts Training Program
The Culinary Arts Program at JobTrain is an introduction to professional cooking. Students will learn all of the basic rules of working in a commercial kitchen and will be prepared for an entry level job in the industry. To accommodate social distancing, the Culinary Arts class will currently be taught as a hybrid of online classes and hands on, in-person skills labs in JobTrain’s commercial kitchen. The Culinary Arts class will prepare students through hands on instruction, lectures, reading assignments, workshops, and group projects.
Menlo Park Sessions:
Length: 11 weeks
- 2/14/2022 to 4/29/2022
- 5/9/2022 to 7/22/2022
- 8/8/2022 to 10/21/2022
- 11/7/2022 to 1/27/2023
Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 2:30 pm (in-person), Friday 8:30 am – 11:30 am (online)
Classroom: This is a hands on , vocational course with some online learning
If you have questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.
What you get from this program
Students will learn kitchen safety and sanitation, knife skills, cleaning and servicing of kitchen equipment, recipe reading and writing, bread and dessert baking, grilling, sautéing, braising, etc. Basic restaurant management, raw product and menu pricing, and industry economics are also taught. Students will also learn basic computer skills, financial literacy, culinary math, life skills, and job skills.
Please note, this is not a cooking course. Students are not taught how to cook for family and friends, but are taught how to get a job in a commercial kitchen. Graduates are expected to get jobs in the industry.
- JobTrain Certificate of Achievement
- National Serve Safe Certification
- Graduates will be able to obtain jobs at corporate dining centers (such as the companies that serve Google, Facebook, etc.) as well as hotels, restaurants, country clubs, hospitals, supermarkets, and colleges.
Students must be able to understand, speak, read, and write English at an 8th grade level.
Must live in the one of the following Counties – San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, or Santa Cruz. To find employment/training services in your area click here. Can only enroll in one JobTrain training program.
Please click here to view the Students’ Vaccination Requirement, Building Entrance Procedure, and Isolation & Quarantine Procedure.
Prior to Program
- Must spend a “shadow day” as a pretend culinary student in the class at least one week before a start date
- Students must be drug and alcohol free, and remain so for the duration of the course
Attendance for each full class day is mandatory, and no more than three absences will be allowed for any reason.
- Must be able to lift 25 pounds
- Must be able to stand for up to 4 hours without a break
Thank you Gachina for underwriting and maintaining JobTrain’s garden. The fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits are used by the Culinary program year round.
About the Instructors
Chef Campbell Barbee
Chef Campbell Barbee is a Bay Area native who has worked as a General Manager and an Executive Chef in San Francisco and London. Chef Campbell took a 10-year journey through the UK where he trained as a pastry chef in London at Le Cordon Bleu and ended up as an artisanal baker in Edinburgh, Scotland. Chef Campbell returned to the area, with his partner, their three cats and German Shepherd Dog, Max in 2021.
Outside of the kitchen, Chef Campbell is pursuing a PhD in Transformative Social Change focusing on food systems. Chef Campbell also enjoys his weekends, training with Max, as search and rescue K9 volunteers for the Santa Clara County Search and Rescue Team.
Both personally and professionally passionate about food, food justice, and his community, Chef Campbell is very excited to have found a position in the community he grew up, allowing him to give back to the industry that gave so much to him - by helping others with their journey into the culinary world and hopefully making a difference in their lives as well.
Sous Chef Bertha Barraza
Bertha is a graduate of JobTrain with nearly 20 years teaching experience. She is responsible for the daily operation of the kitchen, particularly cleanliness and sanitation, as well as food ordering. It is her job as Sous Chef to make sure all of the rules of a commercial kitchen are being followed by each student from the very first day. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Chef David Luong
David’s Culinary Arts education began at California Culinary Academy. He has worked along side many talented chefs throughout his career. Through the years he had some challenges and considered changing his career until he found JobTrain and regained his passion for cooking. David graduated from the Culinary Arts program in 2014. One of his favorite places he worked for were sporting venues. He has also worked for Google, hospitals, food trucks, and in Michelin star restaurants. David has dedicated some of his time feeding the less fortunate by serving the communities in San Francisco and San Jose. David trains his students to be ready for any challenges they may face in any type of culinary setting, whether it is in private, restaurant or commercial. As a JobTrain alumnae, David wants his students to know that if you work hard anything is possible and you can do anything you put your mind to.