**Please Note: YWCulinary is now VIRTUAL to keep you safe.**

YW Culinary Program

YW Culinary is a 10-week job training program designed to prepare women for success in Chicagoland’s vibrant food service industry. The program is free.

Features of the program include:

  • Develop culinary and food service skills
  • Develop employment skills such as communication skills, interview practice, and resume writing
  • Access YWCA financial education resources like Basic Money Management
  • Earn ServSafe Food Handler Certificate
  • Gain industry knowledge and learn from guest chefs
  • Job placement and retention assistance

Why should you sign up for YWCulinary?

Next scheduled class dates:

March 15 – June 4, 2021

Virtual Schedule: 

  • Spring 2021: YW Culinary will be 10 weeks

  • Thursdays: virtual, interactive classroom instruction via Zoom.
  • Weekly Assignments: Participants will stay on pace with the class while setting their own time to work on assignments.

Application Process:

  1. Register for and attend a virtual orientation (Feb. 23 1:30-3:30pm; Feb. 24 1:30-3:30pm; and Feb. 25 10 am-noon)
  2. Fill out online application. Our team will send you a link to an application after attending an orientation.
  3. Interview with us!


Registration for YWCulinary orientation will open soon. Please check back!


“YW Culinary has been the best thing that has happened to me. "
2019 Graduate