Our Mission:

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County’s Kitchen of Champions provides a community that transforms lives by empowering men, women, and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training, and employment in the food service industry.

To Appy:

Turn in an application to our Community Center or Dining Room Office on the corner of San Pablo & 23rd in downtown Oakland, CA.
You are welcome to print, fill out this application, and drop it off at the St. Vincent de Paul in downtown Oakland (675 23rd St. Oakland, CA 94612)

What is the Kitchen of Champions?

  • A 9 week hands-on Job Training program in the Culinary Arts (Cooking and Foodservice prep)
  • Coaching to develop strong, successful work habits.
  • Case Management and Support Services to address personal needs and challenges
  • Employment Services to help participants achieve employment

Requirements (Eligible people are):

  • Candidate must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be drug and alcohol free
  • English skills sufficient to read and communicate in English
  • Either unemployed or under employed
  • Reading at a middle school level (or above) and in possession of basic math skills
  • Be willing to work with a team
  • Available to be in class from 8am to 12pm and 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, Mon-Fri
  • Curious, ready to learn, and willing to do homework
  • Must be capable of standing and walking for four hours at a time
  • Must be capable of lifting 50 lb.
  • Willing to spend one shift volunteering at SVdP Dining Room prior to start of class
  • Must be interested in a career in food service

This training is provided at no cost.

For more information about the program or for information about eligibility, call 510-877-9212.


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