Culinary Training Program

Furthering the mission to act as a one-stop center for people without housing, GRACE launched its culinary training program in February 2016. Led by Culinary Institute of America-trained Chef Marty, the program effectively provides students the tools they need to succeed in the workplace.


The 10-week program gives trainees the opportunity to work behind the scenes in GRACE’s dining hall, Café 131, which serves more than 400 meals per day to people in need. Students also work directly with GRACE Catering to cater large-scale events for organizations throughout the community.

In addition to honing kitchen abilities, GRACE teaches students skills so many take for granted, including professional interaction techniques, résumé writing, and how to approach job interviews, among others. Through hands-on culinary training and opportunities to widen into catering and supermarket work, GRACE’s program is empowering people to transform their lives.

For more information, please read our feature article on GRACE's comprehensive career readiness program.


Lauren Poe
Mayor, Gainesville, FL
"They're doing remarkable work and changing the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people."
Dr. Bernie Machen
President Emeritus, UF
"GRACE's early success represents a truly remarkable launch of a much-needed community resource."


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