Conquering Homeless through Employment in Food Services
CHEFS is a 7-month culinary training program that provides instruction in technical and professional skills enhancement necessary for entry into the food service industry. Students are provided with classroom instruction, in-kitchen hands-on training and an internship at a local restaurant or institutional kitchen setting.
Who is qualified to become a CHEFS student?
Individuals qualify if they live:
• On the street
• In a shelter
• In transitional housing
• In a residential treatment program
• In a supportive housing building
• Meet HUD (Housing and Urban Development) definition of extreme low income
CHEFS Curriculum Topics:
Kitchen safety and sanitation
Kitchen equipment and vocabulary
Standard cooking methods
Preparation of stocks and sauces
Baking & Pastry
Life skills and work readiness skills
CHEFS students intern in a variety of environments throughout San Francisco, ranging from fine dining restaurants to institutional kitchens and bakeries. A sample follows:
A full list of current internship sites can be viewed here.
Local chefs and restaurateurs provide a tremendous amount of support for the program by opening their kitchens to CHEFS interns or volunteering time as guest instructors. Below is a sampling of the many professionals donating to CHEFS.
Michael Bauer of the SF Chronicle
Food Critic and Guest Judge
Marlene Sorosky Gray
Introduction to Taste/Salad
Bob Helstrom of Kuleto's
David Lawrence of 1300 on Fillmore
New Soul Food
Laurie MacKenzie of Mission Pie Cafe
Tim Felkner of Vigilante Hospitality
Preeti Mistry of Juhu Beach Club
Sharon Nahm of E & O Asian Kitchen
A full list of current chefs and restaurateurs can be viewed here.
Where is CHEFS located?
Canon Kip Community House 705 Natoma Street (at 8th) San Francisco, CA 94103
Canon Barcus Community House 165 Eight Street San Francisco, CA 94103
Interested in supporting or volunteering with CHEFS? Please contact staff below at (415) 487-3300.
Chef Al Leddy, Catering and Culinary Training Manager: x6112 Chef Michael Sullivan, Chef Instructor: x6113 Chef Phoebe Sanders, Chef Instructor: x6117 Sally Ray, Employment Specialist/Job Developer: x6115 Michael Nelson, Manager, CHEFS Kitchens: x1247 Mallory Burke, Corporate & Community Relations Manager: x1245
Interested in enrolling or learning more about CHEFS? Please contact staff below at (415) 487-3300.