Culinary School

Crafting second Chances


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.

This is not only a program designed to teach each student the art of culinary, but this program is designed to change their lives by changing their circumstances through building character and confidence
— Chef Terry Epps

program objectives

  • 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


Do you want to Build new essential life skills
For jobs and living?

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