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Free Chef Apprentice Program for Teens

Get Applications in Now to Be Part of This Beneficial Program

About the SB Parks and Rec Chef Apprentice Program

NOTE: If you're currently displaced because of the Thomas Fire but would still like to apply for the Chef Apprentice Program, please drop by our office at 620 Laguna Street and we'll print the application for you.

Our culinary arts program for teens, the Chef Apprentice Program, is a free program designed for students currently in the 11th and 12th grades at all Santa Barbara schools.

The program teaches students healthy nutritional and cooking skills they'll need as they look forward to living on their own after high school. It 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.

Culinary Skills and Nutrition Knowledge to Last a Lifetime

The goal is to provide a touch of the culinary arts profession as students learn how to use fresh fruit, vegetables, grains and meats to prepare exciting meals. 

“After a hard day at school, the students love the hands-on creative experience in the kitchen,” says Donald Hardin, from Jolly Brothers Catering, who teaches all sessions this year. “They are very proud of the meals they create for their family, and we hear from our graduates that they have carried on using their culinary skills and nutritional knowledge in daily life as well."

Fun Sessions After School, Mondays or Tuesdays 

Students choose one of the following sessions:

  • Mondays from 3:45 - 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin Neighborhood Center (1136 East Montecito Street)
  • Tuesdays from 3:45 - 6:30 p.m. at the Westside Neighborhood Center (423 West Victoria Street)

How to Apply

Click below to download and print this year's application. Space is limited, so please get your application in soon. Please contact volunteer Anita Dominocielo-Ho at or call/text her at (805) 451-2928 if you have any questions.

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Last Updated: Mar 15, 2018
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