Thomas Nelson is working with Williamsburg restaurateurs to offer the Peninsula an innovative, new training program designed to introduce culinary arts to the community, including students age 18 or over, transitioning and retired military (including spouses and dependents), and career switchers.
ChefsGO 1.0 is a certificate program that combines classroom and kitchen training taught by renowned local chefs, including Chef Hans Schadler of Waypoint Seafood and Grill.
“I am thrilled that so many Williamsburg Area chefs have signed on as instructors,” says Schadler of Waypoint Seafood and Grill, one of the program’s founders. “This confirms that they see the promise of this program and are prepared to invest their time in sharing their expertise in teaching and supervision.”
The program will teach the fundamentals of a full service restaurant. Students will learn everything from knife skills and preparing sauces and soups to proper kitchen sanitation and food storage plus much more. Prior cooking skills and restaurant experience are not required. The comprehensive curriculum covers the knowledge, skills, hands-on experience, and certification needed to qualify for employment in the region’s top restaurants.
“This new program will help local restaurants significantly,” says Adam Steely of The Blue Talon. “Hiring and retaining personnel is the key issue for restaurateurs. We need trained and motivated staff to achieve a consistently excellent product.”
The community is behind the program and excited to train new chefs. The Economic Development authorities of James City County and the City of Williamsburg contributed $5,000 each to fund the program. In addition, the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association provided scholarships.
Mandatory information sessions have taken place throughout November. The final sessions are set for 5:30 - 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 and Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Thomas Nelson's Workforce Development Center in Williamsburg at 4135 Ironbound Rd. on the second floor.
For more information, visit tncc.edu/programs/chefsgo-10-workforce-credential or call 757-345-2823.