498 Howard Street

Spartanburg, SC 29303

(864) 582-4146

If you are interested in the Culinary Job Training Program or know somebody who is, then please fill out our referral form and submit it to our office.

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Fax completed form our office at  864-707-2224


Graduates of the training program are motivated, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and ready to be a part of the team at your foodservice or hospitality business. Prior to the training program, candidates must meet the Kitchen's standards for attitude and literacy. In addition, candidates must also be drug free.

The Butterfly Foundation is committed to ensuring that training program graduates succeed in the workforce. Training staff conduct a comprehensive evaluation that helps graduates with their transition into the workforce. Once a graduate is on the job, staff will continue to be available for follow-up.

Training programs offer a constructive solution to the problem of unemployment in our community. This is a solution that works for everyone: employers get qualified employees, and men and women in need of a good job get work in their field of interest.

We use food as a tool to build community partnerships that support people who are making the transition to self-sufficiency. Employment partners are always welcome.

Graduate Follow-Up


Upon completion of the program, graduates continue to work with The Butterfly Foundation's training and employment staff. Graduates are assisted in an intense job search to obtain full-time employment at local restaurants, hotels, caterers and other hospitality businesses.

​Opportunities For Employers


Students participate in a one week internship at a local hotel, restaurant, catering or foodservice operation. Students are exposed to various facets of kitchen operations under the supervision of mentoring chefs. This is an opportunity for chefs to work with and train students for upcoming positions at the internship site.
In addition, all graduates complete the ServSafe Food Protection Manager’s Certification Course, the nationally recognized course from the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation.
The Workforce Development Coordinator teaches the importance of job-readiness skills such as punctuality, resume writing, computer literacy, interviewing techniques, positive work attitude, and teamwork.
  • Knife Skills
  • Fruit, Vegetables & Fresh Herbs
  • Stocks & Sauces
  • Meat & Seafood Cookery
  • Cooking Techniques & Methods
  • Grains & Pastas
  • Garde Manger
  • Special Events / Weekly Field Trips, Heritage Day, Job Fair & Cook-Off Competition

Culinary Job Training Program


The goal of the program is to prepare unemployed, underemployed, previously incarcerated persons, and homeless adults for careers in the foodservice industry.


Students are enrolled in each class cycle. Students attend a 15- week training session Monday through Friday 9:00 am- 4:00 pm. Sessions will be held at 498 Howard Street, Spartanburg SC 29303. Self-Empowerment sessions provide a holistic approach to further students' personal growth. The goal of these classes is to encourage open dialogue about personal challenges and develop strategies for dealing with them. The 15-week Culinary Curriculum covers all facets of work in a professional kitchen. The program includes "hands-on" training instructed by an ACF Culinary Coordinator. Local chefs also volunteer to teach specific skills that include: