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Culinary Arts Training Program

Creating hands-on experiences and teaching you the skills to pursue your dreams.

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Culinary Arts Training

Class schedule: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
*Classes are not held during Summer months.  Applicants must be 18 years of age. 

The Salvation Army's Culinary Arts Training Program is a nationally recognized 10-week course that provides students from the Dorchester/Roxbury community with a solid foundation in culinary techniques.

  • Skills
  • Food terminology
  • Kitchen safety standards
  • Recipes
  • Effective work performance

Our strong community partnerships help place graduates with top chefs in their local communities and beyond. At the program’s heart is a belief in healing lives from the inside out. That starts with fresh, healthy, mindfully prepared food. Together, you will do more than just cook. You’ll create through a hands-on experience that you will teach you the skills to pursue your dreams. 

The Salvation Army’s Culinary Arts Training program provides:

  • All of the culinary training needed to become employed in a restaurant or commercial kitchen, life coaching, and employment support for those who are ready to commit to a new career.
  • College credits and a Junior Apprenticeship certification from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The services are provided free of charge to our students.

There is no cost to students who participate in the 250-hour Culinary Arts Training. The program succeeds because of the incredible spirit of our students and instructors and the generosity of donors who underwrite its cost. Our average cost per student to run the program is $4,000. As an additional fundraising effort, the Boston Kroc Center hosts weekly lunches prepared by the culinary students (except during Summer months). This initiative titled “International Feast Fridays” provides an education and cultural experience to the students as they venture into researching various cultures, countries, and regional foods. By creating carefully prepared cultural dishes from around the globe, the community has the opportunity to try a different spin on lunch and the appetizing work of the culinary students.

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About Chef Joseph Watson

Chef Joseph Watson brings years of experience and a passion for cooking to The Salvation Army’s Boston Kroc Culinary Arts Training Program.

“My goal is to help students find all of the right ingredients to prepare them for a successful career in culinary arts,” Watson said. “When I was a child growing up in East Bridgewater, my father’s work as a chef at some of Boston’s finest hotel landmarks. By accompanying him to work during school vacations and days off, I discovered my love of cooking.”

Recognized as a “very competitive chef,” Watson became the face of the Boston Globe advertising campaign for his alma matter Newbury College. He is a proud graduate of the school’s Culinary Arts Program where he majored in Classical Cuisine.

Prior to joining The Salvation Army’s Boston Kroc Culinary Art’s Training Program, Watson was the Executive Chef at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale where he also oversaw facility food services for locations in Revere and Randolph. Over his career, he has held many positions in food services ranging from Line Cook, Kitchen Manager, Executive Chef to Food Service Director. He welcomes the opportunity to share he skills with others and has taught Food Service Training at Quincy College and is a certified ServeSafe® instructor. Additionally, he is a USDA Certified HACCP implementor from the University of Connecticut and a Food Safety Trainer.  

 

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