Covenant House Introduces Cooking for Life Program

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Cook for Life: Covenant House is the home of a Cooking for Life Culinary program that will provide foodservice training to Toronto’s disadvantaged youth

TORONTO — Disadvantaged kids are learning the skills needed to work in foodservice thanks to a new Cooking for Life culinary program at Covenant House Toronto, a local youth shelter.

“We are most grateful to the federal government and our generous donors for making this dream a reality. We could not have undertaken this important project without their support,” said Ruth daCosta, executive director of Covenant House, of the six-week program, which trains youth for entry-level jobs through hands-on experience.

Headed by Stephen Field, an instructor at George Brown College, the program is open to young people in Covenant House’s residential program but will eventually be available to kids in other city shelters, eventually benefiting an estimated 120 people per year.

And, the program is already receiving hands-on industry support as David Garcelon, executive chef of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, provided his expertise in the design of the kitchen and encouraged his suppliers to contribute equipment and services.

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