Culinary Arts Training Program

The mission of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Culinary Arts Training Program is to provide quality education, work experience and valuable skills training, helping students overcome their pasts, break down the barriers to employment and ultimately become successful in the foodservice industry.


Month 1
Students attend basic culinary academic courses, learning the history of culinary arts, kitchen terminology, knife skills, measurements, and basic preparation, as well as proper safety and sanitation procedures. In the job-readiness classes, students focus on developing employment skills.

Months 2 &3
Students attend advanced culinary classes, exploring various foods, how they are used and the variety of ways to prepare them. Students learn how to make and use different seasonings, oils and sauces and study baking and preparation of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, fruits and vegetables.

Months 4 & 5
Students move into the commercial-grade kitchen for hands-on skill development. Students complete eight,week-long job modules, including: chef-of-the-day, lead cook and HACCP Steward.  Students keep reflective journals and are graded on their performance in each position.

They prepare 1,700 meals per day to be delivered to organizations that serve people who are homeless.

To apply for the Culinary Arts Training Program, contact Bevin Bowersmith at 216.658.8421 or