Anyone would be so lucky to work with a top chef like Rob Newton of Seersucker. Now, thanks to The Red Hook Initiative’s Teen Chef Program, 10 local Red Hook kids ages 16-19 will have the opportunity to rub elbows with Rob and other Brooklyn culinary masters. The six week pilot program launches tomorrow, teaching teens basic kitchen skills and providing a resume builder for possible future career opportunities.
“The goal is to give young people a senese of confidence in the kitchen, so they can feel comfortable enough to buy and create a healthy meal for themselves or their family that’s affordable and tastes good,” said RHI founder and executive director Jill Eisenhard. And while it may not be culinary school, the program provides teens with the knowledge to enter an entry level restaurant industry position. And at the end of the six weeks, there will be an awesome cook off to show off their skills.
So here’s what I love about this. the Teen Chef Program is completely shaped by the students involved. Seventeen-year-old Mohammed Martinez took culinary courses in his high school, so he’s co-leading the program and helping shape the curriculum. I also love that they are going to be blogging the whole thing!
If you’re interested in making a donation toward the Teen Chef Program or partnering as a chef/instructor, you should visit their site here. Show them some love and support and maybe this six week pilot will be a 3-4 month opportunity.