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.

The Culinary School of Fort Worth exists to prepare students to exemplify a standard of excellence in their culinary community. The school offers a 9-month post-secondary certificate program that covers Savory, Baking & Pastry, and Kitchen Management as well as two months of on-the-job-training in a professional environment.

Taste Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit established to feed, educate, and serve our community. We believe everyone should have access to healthy nutritional food. Our first project, Taste Community Restaurant, focuses on healthy, quality meals made from fresh ingredients. Our menu has no prices. We ask guests to do one of the following: 1) pay what you can afford, 2) pay what you would typically pay, or 3) pay what you would typically pay, plus a little extra.

Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) empowers our communities to alleviate hunger by providing food, education and resources. Through a network of 350 partners, TAFB is able to provide access to over 1M weekly nutritious meals to children and adults facing hunger. This work resulted in access to 60 million nutritious meals in fiscal year 2020.

Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County’s (WSTC) primary goal is to meet the needs of Tarrant employers and workers through locally designed, market-driven workforce development initiatives and services. All employers, workers and job seekers are eligible to take advantage of these services.

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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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    Work Experience with Taste Project

    Apprentices will spend eight weeks at Taste Project's Taste Community Restaurant, a nonprofit, pay-what-you-can restaurant in the Near Southside. About 24 – 32 hours per week will be dedicated to learning food prep management, managing a hot line, recipe development, ingredient sourcing, recipe costing, plating, menu building, and service planning.

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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.