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Train to become a line cook

First Course NYC by NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS)

Services Provided Apprenticeships and job training

Schedule 1 to 3 months, Full-time

Last Updated Last updated on Jun 15, 2023

First Course NYC is an apprenticeship program that teaches the culinary skills needed for a career as a line cook.

This 14-week program includes 8 weeks of classroom kitchen training from experienced chefs and instructors. This is followed by 6 weeks of on-the-job training in respected New York City restaurants.

Who it's for Who it's for

You should have these minimum requirements:

  • Committed to starting a career as a restaurant cook
  • Aged 18 or older
  • New York City resident
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Registered for Selective Service (if applicable)
  • Make no more than $50,000 every year
  • Restaurants participating in this program require that all apprentices receive the COVID-19 vaccine

Next Steps

Attend an upcoming information session to start the application process.