The Salvation Army School of Culinary Arts

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 20th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1g7rzgxb/
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The Salvation Army School of Culinary Arts in Chattanooga isn’t just another cooking school. It’s both a school and an intern program that provides them with marketable job skills through education and experience. The school promotes self-worth and self-sufficiency. It gives them a direction in life as they pursue and achieve program goals. The school is also a placement service that helps graduate get jobs and then follows up on their progress.

Le Cordon Bleu-Trained Chef

The director and chief instructor of the Salvation Army School of Culinary Arts is no ordinary chef, he is Terry Epps, a Le Condon Bleu trained chef. Terry consults with and brings together the best trained chefs in the Chattanooga area to teach his students. Terry Epps describes their program this way: “This is not only a program designed to teach each student the art of culinary, but this program is designed to change their lives by changing their circumstances through character building and confidence."

A 12-Week Internship

The Salvation Army School of Culinary Arts in Chattanooga, Tennessee is a 12-week internship program that teaches men and women entry food preparation skills. They learn about food and kitchen safety, serving techniques, cooking theory and cooking techniques, basic knife skills and kitchen equipment operation, and even environmentally friendly gardening. But this course of study takes the students beyond the basics and by the end of the course they are imparting their own style to the dishes they are creating. They are well on their way to a rewarding career in food service.

The First Class Graduated March 2010

Since that first class graduated more than three years ago, twenty-two of the twenty-four students entering the program have been “hatted,” receiving their chef’s hat along with their certificate of accomplishment. The latest graduating class was held on Friday, November 8, 2013. Two of the November graduating class said “Bon Appetit”, which is defined as meaning to wish someone enjoyment of the meal they are about to eat. In French bon appétit means enjoy your meal. Those graduating students who once lacked good self-esteem and self-confidence were now confident that people would enjoy the food they prepared.

Eighteen Students Have Found Jobs

Eighteen of the twenty-two students that graduated from the school found fulltime employment in food preparation. Fifteen of those eighteen are still employed fulltime in food service. Two more of the 18 are still actively seeking jobs in food service while working as volunteers in food service. One and only one of those 18 have returned to a life on the streets. That’s a pretty successful success rate if you ask me.

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Chattanooga Tennessee, Cooking School, Salvation Army, School Of Culinary Arts, Students, Success

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Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar Jhon Marshall
20th Dec 2013 (#)

nice post

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Jhon.
Happy holidays.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
20th Dec 2013 (#)

A very inspired story as this one that really helps empowers many people in to the workforce!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Dec 2013 (#)

Tank you Fern.

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author avatar Mariah
20th Dec 2013 (#)

A very positive way forward, without which, many would never have this kind of opportunity.
The Salvation Army are just marvelous.
Uplifting post Jerry

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Mariah for reading and for your wonderful, thoughtful comment.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
20th Dec 2013 (#)

So inspiring, Jerry. This may be a cliché but it reminds me of the old saying about teaching a man to fish. This program gives people real skills which they can put to good use in a job. So this is really a hand up for people and not a handout. I'm going to share this on Twitter with the hopes that more places will establish this program.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Dec 2013 (#)

Good morning Connie. That's what I believe in, "A hand up--not a hand out.

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author avatar M G Singh
20th Dec 2013 (#)

Nice info Jerry

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Madan. The school receives a great deal of press in the local media but I don't think it has receive much press nationally or internationally. That was what I was trying to give it here with this article.

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author avatar Legend
20th Dec 2013 (#)

wonderful post! it's great to see people being helped to a better life!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Legend. That's what the Salvation Army, the ministry that I work with--the In His Grip Ministries--and most legitimate ministries are all about...we're all about helping people to a better life.
Happy holidays.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
21st Dec 2013 (#)

This is a very positive thing to do, it actually does help the people.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Dec 2013 (#)

Yes Mark, it's a program that helps the homeless and low-income people better their station in life.

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author avatar Tony Barnes
23rd Dec 2013 (#)

Jerry...since yo live in my town...you should write on the Aspen Pointe Culinary Arts program. I would love to meet you for breakfast or coffee sometime. If you are interested email me at the radio station tbar@ktlf.org I am on 90.5 on Sat and Sun mornings from 6 am to 10 am.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
23rd Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Tony. I would like to have coffee with you, or maybe breakfast, some morning. I'll be in touch by email.

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