Apply for a Training in the Food Service Field

Female kitchen staffer with the copy Start Your Career as a Restaurant Line Cook: First Course NYC Apprenticeship Program

We work with the NYC Food and Beverage Industry Partnership, the City's food service industry partnership, to offer no-cost training programs for jobs in the food services and hospitality field. We engage employers, educational institutions, training providers, and other partners to design training programs that provide viable food services and hospitality career opportunities for New Yorkers.


Food Service Training Programs

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First Course NYC

First Course NYC is an apprenticeship program that teaches the culinary skills necessary for a career as a line cook. This 14-week program includes eight weeks of classroom kitchen training delivered by experienced chefs/instructors, followed by six weeks of on-the-job training in respected New York City restaurants.

Program Features

  • Eight weeks of free, hands-on culinary training led by an experienced NYC chef (weekly MetroCard and stipend of $325)
  • Earn the NYC Food Protection Certificate
  • Six weeks of paid ($16/hour), on-the-job training with a respected NYC restaurant
  • Connection to full-time employment as a restaurant line cook

Minimum Requirements

  • Committed to pursuing a career as a line cook
  • Aged 18 or older
  • New York City resident
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Registered for Selective Service (if applicable)
  • Make no more than $50,000 annually
  • Restaurants participating in this program require that all apprentices receive the COVID-19 vaccination

This program is currently recruiting qualified candidates.

Attend an upcoming information session to start the application process.

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