Adult Culinary Program

Job Training Temporarily Paused

Due to COVID-19, FareStart has paused our job training programs until we can safely bring students back into our buildings and provide meaningful learning opportunities. Please check back here and follow our social media channels for updates.

We work with adults willing to do what it takes to turn their life around after hardship. Our Adult Culinary program will provide you with the tools, training and support you need to get a long term, good paying job.

Program requirements

They are pretty simple:

  • Age 18 or older
  • Living below the poverty line
  • Clean and sober
  • Physically able to train 40 hrs/week for 16 weeks

Not sure? Contact Us.

Here’s what you will get

One of the best training and job placement programs anywhere:

  • 16-weeks of food service training
  • Work side-by-side with top chefs
  • Increasing responsibility and skill
  • Resume and computer skills
  • Coaching for interviews
  • Help looking for a good job
  • 6-months of support services after you get a job

Interested? Contact Us.

Here’s how we will support you

We will help you every step of the way:

  • A one-on-one advisor to help you.
  • Assistance with housing
  • Connection to mental health counseling
  • Connection to drug/alcohol counseling
  • Bus pass
  • Support with basic needs
  • Help finding a job
  • Support to help you keep a job
  • Program is free of charge

Interested? Contact Us.

Here’s what you have to do

You don’t have to be perfect, but you have to give this your best every day. Show up on time. Be willing to learn, stay with the program, and work hard. If you don’t give up, neither will we. New students start the program every Monday.

Interested? Contact Us.

Our Grads get hired

More than 97% of our adult graduates have jobs within 90 days of finishing the program.

Live outside the Puget Sound area?

If you need job training and support but don’t live near Seattle, our national member network, Catalyst Kitchens, has members across North America.

The FareStart Experience

If you are still unsure if the Adult Culinary Program is right for you, call one of our program staff and talk about it. We are available 7:00 to 4:00 Monday – Friday and would be happy help you. Call us at  206.787.1513 or email us at

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