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 To Teach, Train and Equip



Through hands on participation in a live kitchen environment we will teach, train and equip our young students with the skills needed to present them with culinary opportunities in the hospitality industry.


At Bracken’s Kitchen, we have created an environment that provides training, work experience, and above all else, the opportunity for at risk youth and young adults to work alongside professional chefs to learn essential skills for a career in food service.  Our Culinary Training  Program is tied into our food truck feeding program, rescued food programs and our “Catering For A Cause” program.  Catering For A Cause is our social enterprise that helps to keep our programs running while offering future employment opportunities for our students.


By combining all of our programs we are building the framework to create a long term self-sustaining program that provides a hand up and not just a hand out.


Through out the Culinary Training Program we provide our students the introductory skills needed for employment in a professional kitchen. Through hands-on participation in a working kitchen, students will learn the skills needed to prepare, cook and serve actual meals with menus that fluctuate around our rescued food inventory. 

Entrance Requirements:

  • To read & write English fluently as is necessary for recipe reading and comprehension

  • Basic math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication & division

  • Be able to lift 25lbs

  • Be 18+ years of age

  • Physical mobility to move freely in the kitchen environment

  • Students will be provided and required to wear a uniform

  • Students must wear approved shoes to class

  • Male students must be clean shaven

If you are interested in applying to be a part of our Culinary Training Program, please download the application to fill it out on online OR you can print it out and fill it out manually. Once the application is filled you, please submit it to or bring it in to Bracken's Kitchen at 13941 Nautilus Drive, Garden Grove.

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