Caridad Community Kitchen offers an innovative, free 10-week culinary training program for anyone who is unemployed, low-income, or has other barriers to employment. The program prepares individuals to succeed in professional kitchens by teaching knife skills, cooking procedures, food safety, kitchen sanitation, food utilization, and quantity meal preparation.

In addition to gaining skills and confidence in the kitchen, graduates receive national ServSafe Food Handler’s instruction and essential job and life skills training. Students refine their new skills by preparing healthy meals for our Community Meals program.  

Application Information

Do you aspire to work in the culinary industry? Are you motivated to learn, grow, and change for a better future? You may be a perfect fit!

Our culinary training program is 10 weeks long and runs Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Caridad Community Kitchen in Tucson.

The next Culinary Training Class will take place from May 8 to July 14, 2023. Online applications will open on March 17, 2023.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • 18 years or older
  • Eligible for employment in the United States
  • Able to read, write, and communicate in English at an 8th grade level
  • Reliable housing during the entire program
  • Reliable means of transportation
  • Able to commit fully for 10 weeks
  • Able to work in a hot or cold environment, stand for 6+ hours a day, and lift a minimum of 50 pounds

The students who thrive throughout our training program are able to cope with stressful situations and are motivated to learn, grow, and change for a better future. Graduates who achieve success have the initiative to seek employment and an earnest desire to work within the food industry.

Applications for the Culinary Job Training Program are closed. For information on future classes, please call (520) 499-1232 or email

Questions? Contact Caridad Community Kitchen at (520) 882-5641.