Dayton cooks

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life’time”

-Ancient Chinese Proverb

Learn how to cook

Dayton Cooks is a free 10-week program that trains students for work in the food service industry.  Dayton Cooks students work in the Grace kitchen with donated and purchased food.

Students are provided instruction from professional chefs and highly qualified classroom instructors.  Students are trained in food safety, sanitation, basic knife skills, classic cooking techniques, commercial kitchen operations and equipment use.  They are also prepared for ServSafe Certification and receive assistance with job placement and mentoring.

Dayton Cooks! is a partnership between Wesley Community Center and Grace United Methodist Church with the mission to transform the lives of persons committed to a culinary arts career through rigorous training in food safety and preparation, kitchen skills and life skills.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  •  Desire to learn food service skills and start a career
  •  Commitment to the program
  •  Basic math and reading skills
  •  Drug- and alcohol-free
  •  Physically able to lift 50lbs. and stand for 4 hours


Graduates of the course receive:

  • Certification of completion
  • ServSafe Certification Training
  • Resume
  • Master job application
  • Potential College Credit
  • Assistance with job placement
  • Assistance with job Retention



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To become a student click here

To hire Dayton Cooks! people click here



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