ChefsGO 1.0

Program Details
Academic Division: 
Continuing Education & Training

Thomas Nelson is proud to serve the Historic Triangle, which includes a robust culinary community. In partnership with Williamsburg area chefs and restaurants, Thomas Nelson offers a unique opportunity to students interested in stepping into the restaurant, commercial, and non-commercial food service industries. 

ChefsGO 1.0 is a certificate program that includes 11 weeks of classroom and kitchen training taught by renowned local chefs, followed by four months of paid work experience in one of several participating restaurants.

Classes are interactive and intensive, equipping students with foundational culinary techniques and knowledge. Students will be introduced to everything from knife skills to preparing sauces and soups, proper kitchen sanitation to food storage and much more. 

Cooking skills and restaurant experience are not required.

Next session begins March 2018  

  • Application available now DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE  
  • Application period closes: December 1, 2017
  • MANDATORY Information Session: November 28, from  3:30 - 5 p.m. at TNCC-Workforce Center in Williamsburg
  • Open to any Peninsula resident (must be 18 by September 1, 2018 to participate). 

Tentative dates

Culinary Foundations Training, March 5 - May 16, Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 - 7 p.m. and Student "Mentorships," May 17-August 31 (paid position working with area chef).

For more information please contact Sherri Thrift at or (757)345-2806.




Chef Hans Schadler

"ChefsGO 1.0 is a career opportunity for interested applicants 18 years old or older to explore the basic foundation of Culinary Arts. Thought and designed by highly skilled local professionals, the program will touch on all basic academic and culinary skill sets preparing the individuals for possible entry positions in the Hospitality arena."

Chef Hans Schadler, Waypoint Seafood and Grill

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Register for classes online using the Thomas Nelson Workforce Development registration system.

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