WOW apprentices are young people from 16-24 who have faced major challenges in their lives, including foster care, difficulties with the law, homelessness, and significant family disruption.
At WOW, apprentices receive tuition-free culinary and food service training during a program that initially lasts one year. Our program invites these young people into the greater world of food—sustainable farming, professional cooking, and access to high-quality food prepared by chefs and food service professionals—as well as provide them with the skills to prepare quality food for themselves. Apprentices who successfully complete one year’s training may be invited to stay for a second year of advanced training, including learning the role of sous-chef, line cook or manager.
We hold our apprentices to the highest standard of excellence and, for many, this is the first time they have had that experience. Our experience has been that young people rise to meet these expectations. Under the leadership of Executive Director Evelyn Cheatham, WOW employs team based learning and emphasizes responsibility, accountability, and interdependence – skills that support success in any field they may choose going forward.