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Teen Culinary Arts ProgramParks & Recreation

Learn to cook and find out about careers in the culinary arts!

Join our free Teen Culinary Arts for high school students!

Download current flyer and application form (PDF)

Our culinary arts program for teens, the Chef Apprentice Program is a free program designed for high school students 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

Program Details 

There are two choices for students: Monday classes at the Franklin Neighborhood Center, or Tuesday classes at the Westside Neighborhood Center. Please see this year's chef apprentice application form for dates and times. 

How to Apply

To apply for the Teen Culinary Arts program, please fill out an application form and return it to the Franklin or Westside Neighborhood Center.

Questions and Further Information

If you have questions, please contact program coordinator Anita Dominocielo-Ho at or (805) 451-2928 mobile (call or text).

You can also download a PDF of this year's Teen Culinary Arts program flyer for more information.

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2021
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