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Chef Apprentice ProgramParks & Recreation


Healthy Habits and Skills to Last a Lifetime 

Our culinary arts program for teens, the Chef Apprentice Program, is a free program designed for students currently in the 10th through 12th grades at all Santa Barbara schools. It teaches students healthy nutritional and cooking skills they'll need as they look forward to living on their own after high school.

The program provides a full spectrum view of the culinary arts profession in a safe, nurturing, healthy, and fun environment for teens after their schooldays end. 

Professional chefs teach students to use fresh fruit, vegetables, and meats as they learn about meal preparation. After each class, students are able to take home the meals they have prepared to share with their families.

Presentations and Field Trips Include

  • Health and safety standards
  • Nutrition and dietary planning
  • Practical and basic skills for food preparation
  • Bread and cake making and cake decoration
  • Canning fruits and vegetables
  • Budget development
  • Fancy napkin folding, floral design, and table setting
  • Trip to organic food market for tour and samples
  • Tour and presentation by a chef at a 4-star hotel
  • Tour a cruise ship
  • Visit SBCC's Culinary Arts and Hotel Management program
  • Cater at a special event

Program Dates 

Classes are held at two locations. The 18-week program begins in January of each year.

Monday Program 2016: Franklin Neighborhood Center

Tuesday Program 2016: Westside Neighborhood Center

For more information, please contact program coordinator Anita Dominocielo-Ho at or (805) 451-2928 office phone / (805) 451-2928 mobile.

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2016