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City offers free cooking classes to New Yorkers

Posted at 6:31 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-05 17:56:55-05

Take your first course towards a cooking career, for free, courtesy of NYC.

“We pretty much teach them everything,” Asia’s Cheryl Perry, a culinary arts instructor.

First Course NYC is an apprentice program that teaches culinary skills to New Yorkers who want to be a cook, then gives them a job at a NYC restaurant.

“I love cooking decided to sign up for it,” said 23-year old Ebony Cochran who is a student.

”My knife skills have improved, I can make pasta from scratch.”

”I’m definitely excited to have a job, before this I was at home not doing much,” said 19-year-old Lynel Hamilton.

PIX11 was in the kitchen at the Food Arts Center in midtown Friday as they were mastering their top chef skills.

The 14-week program is a collaborative effort between Hostos Community College, the city’s Small Business Services and the Food Arts Center in midtown.

“To be able to make the connection and provide access to under employed New Yorkers who often don’t have the opportunity to get this because they can’t afford the high cost of culinary training it’s a tremendous opportunity, said Steven Picker, who’s the Executive Director at the NYC food and beverage industry partnership.

At the end of the paid training, students receive a NYC Food Protection Certificate to fuel their culinary fire.

You have to be 18 or older to apply, be a NYC resident and have a passion for cooking.

“They’re actually paying you to learn a new skill,” added Cochran.

For a full list of free courses being offered by the city, go to their website.