ChefsGO 1.0 - Workforce Credential | Thomas Nelson Community College

ChefsGO 1.0 - Workforce Credential

Chef working at station in a kitchen environment
Program Details
Academic Division: 
Continuing Education & Training

Next session begins March 2020


About ChefsGO

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 culinary kickstart certificate program. The program provides 11 weeks of classroom and kitchen training (144 hours) taught by renowned, professionally-trained local chefs and industry professionals in partnership with Thomas Nelson. Labs and lectures are interactive and intensive, equipping students with foundational culinary techniques and knowledge. Then students participate in a 15-week paid mentorship in a restaurant following the classroom portion. This introductory culinary program will provide you with the skills needed to obtain gainful employment in a world-class restaurant and set you on a pathway to a career in Culinary Arts. 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.

Pathway to Culinary Careers

 What You Receive

  • Certificate of Completion from Thomas Nelson
  • Certified Kitchen Cook credential (upon successful completion of the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute Exam)
  • Peninsula Health District Food Handler Permit
  • CPR Certification
  • Opportunity for full-time employment to begin your culinary career (completion & performance dependent)

 What’s Included in Tuition

  • Uniform (2) Chef Coats, Knife Kit, Hat, Apron, Nametag, Thermometer
  • AHLEI Text Book & Exam
  • CPR Class & Exam
  • ServSafe Food Handler textbook
  • Fine Dining Dinner experience at Waypoint Seafood & Grill


  • Open to any Peninsula resident (must be 18 years of age by May 13, 2020 to participate). Must be able to work in Williamsburg.
  • Cooking skills and restaurant experience are not required.
  • Must meet technical requirements

Tentative dates

  • Info Sessions will be held in October & November
  • Interviews will be held in late November
  • Registration and Payment Due by February 14, 2020
  • Class Dates March 2 – August 13
  • Graduation August 13, 2020

Class Details

Culinary Foundations Classroom & Lab Training

  • March 2 - May 13, 2020 Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 - 7 p.m
  • Held at the Williamsburg Workforce Center & Warhill High School in Williamsburg
  • Attendance is mandatory.


Culinary Mentorship

  • May 14 – August 13, 2020
  • Mentorships are a full time obligation (up to 40 hours per week) at a Williamsburg area restaurant and require a flexible working schedule including days, nights, weekend, and holidays.



To Apply


  • Complete the below application and email to We will confirm receipt of your application and reach out to you when the Info Session schedule becomes available to schedule.
  • You will need to attend a mandatory info session in October or November.
  • You will need to attend an interview with the Program Coordinator and a panel of Chefs and late November/early December.
  • Space is limited to 15 students.
  • Payment in full required by February 14, 2020. We accept Checks, Money Orders, American Express, MasterCard or VISA. We do not accept Cash

Download the Program Application

Financial Assistance

  • Need based partial scholarships are available for residents and/or high school students of Williamsburg, James, City, and York counties.
  • Financial assistance may be available for qualified candidates through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Contact the Virginia Career Works Hampton office for more information. (757) 865-5800

For more information please contact Allison Patterson at

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

Register Online

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

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