Culinary Arts

Academic Division: 
Continuing Education & Training

ChefsGO 1.0

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 an innovative, new training program designed to introduce the culinary arts to students 18 years old and older (Must be 18 by September 1, 2017). 

ChefsGO 1.0 is a certificate program that includes eight 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, teaching students the basic fundamentals of a full service restaurant. 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.

Dates and Deadlines:
February 6-10                         Interview candidates


Classes begin March 

March 6 - May 3
Culinary / Kitchen Skills Training
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3 - 7 p.m. 
May 4 - August 31
Student Mentorship with Area Chef in their restaurant.

Register for one of the mandatory orientations HERE.

Fill out the application, located HERE.

Once complete email to Sherri Thrift,

For questions concerning the application call (757) 825-2937. 

Program Cost: $1,500



"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


Register Online

Register for classes using the Thomas Nelson Workforce Development Online Registration System.