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TAFB “Chefs in Training” Set to Showcase Their Culinary Skills

News Advisory: Final Exam for Culinary Students to be Evaluated by Leading DFW Foodies

When someone thinks of a local food bank, a culinary school designed to train future chefs and restaurateurs might not be the first thought. But that’s exactly what’s hidden behind the walls of the well-known food distribution center at Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) in Fort Worth, Texas.

For 14 weeks, students attend classes taught by professional chefs from Tarrant Area Food Bank along with special guest chefs from local eateries such as Bonnell’s, Buttons and the Clay Pigeon. Unlike most students preparing for their final exams, these students will be preparing delicious treats to present and be graded by a celebrity guest tasting panel. Radio personalities from The Ranch Radio and the Star-Telegram’s Bud Kennedy will share their thoughts on each of the 10 student’s dishes. It all takes place on Wednesday, April 19 in TAFB’s Community Kitchen.

A Decade of Success

For the past 10 years, Tarrant Area Food Bank has trained and successfully placed culinary students through the Community Kitchen program. Past students have been homeless, in job transition or in some other state of need. Because of the training program at the food bank, they have gone on to be successful in restaurant careers. Later this year, a 10-year anniversary celebration event will take place to honor those who have successfully completed the program.