Project Feast: Culinary Training Program

Interested in a culinary career? Project Feast is a nonprofit organization that helps refugee and immigrant cooks prepare for good jobs in the food industry. Our training programs are for English Language Learners who have little to no prior work experience in the food industry in the United States. We combine classroom, kitchen, and ESL lessons to prepare you for a good job in a food business or to start your own food business. You will earn a certificate through Highline College’s Continuing Education Department after completing the program. We are running two training programs in 2019: a four-month Culinary Apprenticeship program in July and a four-day Job Readiness Workshop in November. Priority is given to low-income applicants and residents of Kent.

Upcoming Dates & Times

For upcoming classes, please visit Project Feast.

What You Will Learn in the Kitchen:

Knife Skills
Culinary Techniques
How to Read/Write Recipes
How to Prepare Dishes for Cafe Service
How to Prepare Dishes for Catering
Customer Service
Kitchen ESL

What You Will Learn in the Classroom:

Types of Jobs in the 
Food Industry
What Employers Expect in American Food Businesses
How to Apply for a Food Job
First Steps to Start Your Own Food Business
Leadership Skills
Kitchen Math
Basic Budgeting 
Money Management

Interested in the Culinary Apprenticeship?

Please email Project Feast or call 253-236-5297 for more information about the Culinary Apprenticeship or Job Readiness trainings. Applications are provided by Project Feast. The cost of the Culinary Apprenticeship program is $150, and limited scholarships are available to cover tuition and some expenses for attendance. We will make sure that the cost does not stop anyone from taking this program.

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Want to learn more about Project Feast?

Project Feast is a nonprofit organization with a mission to transform the lives of refugee and immigrant cooks by providing pathways to sustainable employment in the food industry, and to enrich communities through intercultural exchange.

Project Feast runs Ubuntu Street Cafe, where we serve our apprentices’ cultural dishes to the public. We cater events throughout the Seattle area, which allows us to share our apprentices’ recipes with the broader community.

We envision food as a catalyst for bringing refugees, immigrants, and the broader community together to celebrate our diversity. Our Migrating Meals dinner series promotes dinner and conversation at refugee- and immigrant-owned food businesses. We also host popup dinners and community events to share delicious food and learn more about refugee and immigrant communities in the area.

Project Feast has received several awards and recognitions including from The Culinary Trust, South King Council of Human Services, Kent Downtown Partnership and Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch. Our work has been featured in media both locally and nationally including in the Seattle TimesThe Kent ReporterCrosscutEdible SeattleGood Food Jobs, and Southwest Airlines’ Inflight Magazine.

Interested in our programs? 

Please contact us at or call 253-236-5297. We look forward to hearing from you.

For the latest on Project Feast, visit their FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter pages.

Available Course(s)

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