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Culinary Arts Training Program

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR WINTER 2023

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Culinary Arts Training

Class schedule: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

*Classes are not held during Summer months. 

The Salvation Army's Culinary Arts Training Program is a 10-week course serving the Dorchester/Roxbury community and students in need led by Chef Joseph Watson.

The Salvation Army's Culinary Arts Training Program teaches knife skills, food terminology, kitchen safety standards, recipes, and 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.

The program provides all 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.  Students also graduate with college credits and a Junior Apprenticeship certification from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The services are provided free of charge to our students.  

While there is no cost to students to participate in the Culinary Arts Training, the average cost per student to run the program is $4,000. The program succeeds because of the incredible spirit of our students and instructors and the generosity of donors who underwrite this cost. As an additional fundraising effort, prior to the pandemic, The Boston Kroc Center hosts weekly (except in Summer months) lunches prepared by the culinary students. 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.

Applicants must be 18 years of age. 

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Biography of Joseph Watson

Joseph Watson grew up in East Bridgewater Ma. His father was a Chef at some of the finer hotel landmarks throughout the city Boston, Ma.  

During school vacations and days off from school he would accompany his father to work and at the age of 12 he peeled potatoes, washed dishes, shucked shellfish, cleaned fresh vegetables, and learned how to prepare mise en place. For the next 10 years he worked summers and vacations at many restaurants, from fast food to fine dining.

He graduated from Newbury College’s Culinary Arts program. With a major in Classical Cuisine. He was recognized as a very competitive chef that won him a place in the Boston Globe advertising for chef training at Newbury College.

Joseph has held many positions in foodservice from Line cook, kitchen Manager, Executive Chef and Food Service Director. He has taught food service training at Quincy College. He is a certified Servsafe instructor as well as A USDA Certified HACCP implementer from the University of Connecticut and has taught Food Safety Training for many years. 

Joseph was the Executive Chef at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale, Ma. Where he was responsible for Over 1,000,000 scratch, kosher meals per year. He was located at their flagship facility in Roslindale Ma. He also over saw facility food services in Revere and Randolph MA. To Joseph this was the most rewarding experience he has ever known. The average age of residents was 92 years old with many well over 100. In his position, he was able to create and maintain many friendships with residents and to him they were family. He worked closely with rabbis and acquired tremendous respect for the work they did. He was witness to the tremendous care and love given to the residents by all the caregivers from housekeepers, to CEO.

 

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