Accelerate your career and become an ACF Certified fundamentals cook

Fort Worx is a new, collaborative initiative for adults interested in careers in the foodservice industry. The 16-week program provides training and on-the-job learning in the fundamentals of food preparation.

The program offers five courses per year and accepts up to 16 apprentices per course. Upon completion, apprentices are equipped for employment in fast-casual restaurants, food manufacturing, and institutional foodservice operations, such as hospitals, hotels, and corporate cafeterias.

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    Paid on-the-job learning at TAFB

    Apprentices start at Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) to receive hands-on instruction and participate in skill development activities. They put their skills to work in TAFB's commercial kitchen, transforming surplus donated food into nutritious meals that are distributed to food insecure people in the community. Apprentices also complete a variety of other experiences to engage them in the mission of TAFB to empower communities to address hunger.

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    Externship at Taste Project

    Apprentices then complete an 8-week externship at Taste Project, a pay-what-you-can restaurant, to engage in additional on-the-job learning.

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    Culinary School of Fort Worth Apprenticeship

    Designated as a pre-apprenticeship program under The Culinary School of Fort Worth, apprentices will be qualified as Certified Fundamentals Cooks through the ACF upon completion of the program and passing the ACF exam. Apprentices are assisted with job placement and are eligible to continue their education in The Culinary School of Fort Worth’s apprenticeship program.

Take Your Skills to the Next Level

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States, have a high school diploma or GED, be 18 years or older, have reliable transportation (includes public transportation), and screen negative for drug use prior to and throughout the training program. Applications will be solicited through Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County and graduates of local high school culinary arts programs.