Linda was a stay at home mom, married for 20 years, when her husband walked out on her. With no job or experience, she wasn’t able to keep her apartment. She bounced around from couch to couch with her son before finally finding a temporary home at Metropolitan Ministries. It was there where she found her calling in culinary arts.


Good Food Doing Good

Cooking is a skill that can provide more than just a means for putting food on the table. It can also provide a sought-after job skill and a way of life in an industry that is always in need of reliable and skilled employees.

Many of the most successful chefs working today started out as line cooks in the culinary industry and gained experience they needed to obtain a better job. High-end restaurants expect entry-level preparers to have some culinary education as well as a food handler certification.


What We Offer

The Inside the Box Culinary Arts Program provides an opportunity for those enrolled in the program to learn vital skills that will prepare them for a career in the food industry. Each student accepted into the program receives a full scholarship. Classes are small, 8-10 students, for a more personalized learning experience.

The Culinary Arts program is offered each quarter of the year in Tampa and in Pasco. The class consists of students from three segments: Aged out foster youths, clients of Metropolitan Ministries and residential clients of Metropolitan Ministries.

Students participate in a 12 week long courses on the following culinary skills:

  • The culinary professional
  • Knife Skills/Equipment
  • Identification
  • Product Identification
  • Stocks & Soups
  • Sauces
  • Meats & Poultry
  • Fish & Shellfish
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Starches
  • Dairy/Eggs/Garde Manger
  • Desserts & Pastries
  • Menu Planning

At the completion of program, every student gets an opportunity to learn how to market themselves during the Culinary Employment Boot Camp. The participants receive assistance in writing a resume, searching for jobs, how to utilize LinkedIn, mock interviews and computer training.


Want to Get Involved?

For more information, contact….
Cindy Sofarelli | | 813-924-7074


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