Culinary & Life Skills Training (Core Program) Second Harvest Food Bank's Triad Community Kitchen (TCK) Culinary Training & Life Skills Program offers a 13-week, hands-on training experience, culminating in an internship in a local restaurant. Many TCK students are looking to learn new skills and regain their footing after job loss or are experiencing barriers to finding work. Regardless, TCK offers the opportunity for a fresh start.
Led by Chef Jeff Bacon, an ACF Certified Executive Chef and member of the American Academy of Chefs, TCK is a certified model program of Catalyst
Candidates are referred to our program by Forsyth Technical Community College, Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC, partner agencies of Second Harvest Food Bank and others.
Classes held during the first 12 weeks meet Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Certification in ServSafe® sanitation
• Basic culinary skills
• Basic baking skills
• Knife skills
• Kitchen safety
• Mass food production
• Cook-chill technology training
• Catering Production
TCK training culminates in a week-long internship with TCK employment partners (local restaurants and food service operations.) All graduates are encouraged to obtain further training and professional development through continued study.
Triad Community Kitchen graduates between 60-80 students per year. During their training, students have the opportunity to support Second Harvest Food Bank's core food distribution program as they learn about mass food production and prepare ready-to-heat meals for Second Harvest Food Bank's partner programs.
Hospitality Residency TCK graduates can continue their training through the paid Hospitality Residency at Second Harvest’s Providence Restaurant and Catering. This two-year program offers residents an immersive experience in the hospitality industry and real, resume-building work experience. Residents work alongside seasoned professionals for up to two years, preparing them to move forward in their culinary careers and into leadership roles.
How to Apply
Contact Leah Harkey, Client Services Assistant, at 336.397.7062, ext. 259.