Job Training

Food service job training for individuals facing barriers to employment.

Teaching Kitchen

Community Servings’ Teaching Kitchen program is a 12-week job-training program for people interested in careers in the food service industry who face barriers to full-time employment. As they learn food preparation and cooking techniques, trainees also help our culinary team prepare the meals we deliver to our clients each day.


Our state-of-the-art industrial kitchen provides an exceptional training venue for applying this well-structured and hands-on learning experience. The Teaching Kitchen’s 12-week curriculum covers all facets of working in a professional kitchen, including food safety and sanitation, knife skills, cooking techniques, and nutrition.

Six courses are offered throughout the year and classes are held Mondays – Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays are optional internship days.

To apply, please fill out this form. To learn more, contact Allison Sequeira, Teaching Kitchen Program Manager, at or 617.522.7777, ext. 206.


Program Highlights

  • Classes are free of charge
  • Kitchen and classroom instruction, led by chef instructor
  • Textbook and materials provided
  • Experience working in a professional kitchen
  • Preparation for the ServSafe exam
  • Job readiness classes
  • Resume and job placement assistance for a year
  • Field trips to restaurants and other kitchens
  • Demonstrations by guest chefs


Eighty-three percent of last year’s graduates were placed in jobs. Seventy-three percent of trainees who take the ServSafe exam, pass.

Trainees receive ongoing resume, interview skills, and job search assistance while in the program and for a year after completion. Following graduation, our trainees work in a number of food service settings, including colleges and universities, nonprofits, catering businesses, grocery stores, hotels, and restaurants.

“These past months we became more than friends, we became family. I’m glad to have met all of you at Community Servings. You gave me another chance.”

Teaching Kitchen graduate, returning citizen

Inside the Teaching Kitchen

Preparing Individuals for Food Service Careers

While trainees are learning about different cooking methods and safe food handling, they’re also helping us prepare meals for our clients – it’s a win-win!

Teaching Kitchen / 2016

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