Classroom Training

Program Details

Pathlight Kitchen offers a free, 12-week basic Culinary Training Program to low-income adults in Central Florida interested in a food industry career. The program, now in its fifth year, includes hands-on cooking classes, classroom instruction, individual coaching, a Food Handler Certification and much more, providing marketable skills for economically disadvantaged men and women in our community. 

Culinary students learn about kitchen safety and sanitation, cooking methods and techniques, as well as kitchen and restaurant dynamics. They experience firsthand the delicious art of meal preparation and presentation from our Executive Chef team, as they teach everything from culinary math, marinades and knife skills to food freshness and international cooking, along with baking breads and creating desserts. Students also discover the variety of career tracks available to them in the culinary trade as they increase their employability. 

Our Executive Chef networks with local catering, restaurant and culinary businesses to provide instructional field trips and identify future employment opportunities. The Chef also focuses on life skills needed in the workplace and partners with our next-door Goodwill Job Connection Center to assist students with resume and cover letter preparation as well as interviewing skills.

Classes are small and held in our modern 13,000 square foot Pathlight Kitchen building, renovated in 2013 through a partnership with Orange County Government. The facility includes three professional-grade kitchens, a test/classroom kitchen, and banquet/event space for 125 people seated and up to 200 standing.

Real-world Practice

Pathlight HOME’s two Social Enterprise Programs, Pathlight Kitchen and Sobik's Subs Café, provide real-world cooking and customer service practice for students, as well as potential job opportunities. Pathlight Kitchen does so through its catering opportunities and onsite banquet/event space; and Sobik’s Subs Café, which includes a partnership with Starbuck’s We Proudly Serve, is open to the public daily providing delicious sandwiches and catering to customers.

To learn more about our culinary programs and apply:

Our next 12-week Culinary Training Program starts April 8, 2019 - For more information and to apply, please contact Shannelle Johnson at 407.978.0278 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She will set a time to bring in your completed application. Download Application.

Applications for the program are also available at the front desk of Maxwell Terrace Apartments - 3200 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida 32808.


Pathlight Kitchen is the foundation of our culinary arts program that provides an on-ramp to employment and increased economic opportunity for formerly homeless and low-income Central Floridians.


Funded in part by the City of Orlando, Orange County, and the Wells Fargo Foundation. Pathlight Kitchen does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. 

2019 Courses below:

2019 FREE Spring Culinary Training Program begins April 8th! 

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For more information, please contact Shannelle Johnson | 407.978.0278 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.