Teaching culinary skills, promoting self-respect,
building self-sufficiency and
strengthening the individual and the family
The Chattanooga Salvation Army's School of Culinary Arts is a life-changing, twelve-week job training/internship program that teaches homeless and low income persons the basic skills of meal preparation for entry into food service careers.
The students learn food and kitchen safety and sanitation, proper use of equipment including basic knife skills, cooking theory and techniques, serving methods, kitchen operations and even environmentally-friendly gardening. Through their lessons, the students begin to impart their own style and creativity to their dishes, allowing them to move from simply making food to taking the first step toward a rewarding culinary career.
Instructor Terry Epps, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, consults with chefs and culinary instructors throughout Greater Chattanooga. He brings these experiences, skills and lessons into the lives of his students.
Build self-worth and self-sufficiency
Promote life direction through attaining program goals
Provide marketable job skills through education and experience
Assist in securing full-time employment and permanent housing
Follow-up to ensure continuing success