Culinary Skills Training

Program temporarily closed

About the Course

Gain skills in the food services industry under the guidance of professional chefs in our on-site restaurant – the Neighborhood Bistro.

In this 12-week course you will rotate through six hand-on kitchen stations and receive classroom training.  No previous experience is required and lunch will be provided.  Upon graduation, students receive a certificate of completion, Goodwill’s CRED Credential, a Google Digital Literacy Certificate and assistance with your job search.

What Do You Cover?

  • Knife skills
  • Catering
  • Kitchen & food safety
  • Basic cooking techniques
  • Baking
  • Customer service
  • Cash register / POS
  • Kitchen operations
  • Kitchen mat / finances
  • Industrial dish washing

Sample Jobs You'll Be Ready For

  • Catering Support
  • Pastry Cook
  • Line Cook
  • Pastry Chef Assistant
  • Cashiering
  • Back-of-house


  • Free meals, uniforms & shoes
  • Internship, placement & support
  • Culinary program certificates


12 Weeks | 7AM – 3:30PM


Requirements: Age 18 or older & passionate about food and the restaurant and catering industry

Attend an Information Session

2nd & 4th Thursday of every month

1PM – Drop-ins welcome


3rd Floor of Goodwill’s Milgard Work Opportunity Center
714 S. 27th St, Tacoma, WA

The Neighborhood Bistro

A Goodwill Restaurant

Our student-run restaurant is open daily to the public and serves a selection of salads, sandwiches and burgers. Try our daily special for just $4.99.

Goodwill’s Milgard
Work Opportunity Center
714 S. 27th St, Tacoma (3rd Floor)
Open Mon-Thur 11AM-1PM

Success Story

Deborah Coley

Two years ago, Deborah was homeless, battling drug addiction and had lost custody of her children. Then she found Goodwill’s Culinary Training program. With the determination to change her life and the support of Goodwill staff, Deborah not only excelled in the program but was able to get sober find employment and get her kids back.

What Companies Have Hired Graduates?


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