The Hood Teams Up with Open Gate International to Teach Culinary Skills

The Hood Kitchen Space + Market, Orange County’s premiere commercial kitchen space, is pleased to announce that Open Gate International’s Culinary Skills program will again be held at The Hood, providing participants the skills needed to work in the culinary industry. The Hood’s partnership with Open Gate International (OGI) helps OGI empower students with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to obtain meaningful employment, and furthers The Hood’s investment in the local culinary community, a cornerstone of their business.

Since opening its doors more than four years ago, The Hood has emerged as a local culinary hub and business incubator where like-minded food entrepreneurs can network, promote and develop their businesses. Creating a strong, integrated community is a priority for Hood co-owners Shelby Coffman and Christie Frazier, who are both honored to help train the next generation of food-industry talent and participate in OGI’s mission to improve the lives of their students through the love of food.

“We’ve seen first-hand the incredible work this organization is doing,” said Coffman. “Success stories are being created here at The Hood because of this program, like the student who was homeless just eight weeks ago, and is now fully employed in the food service industry, or the OGI student that has been hired by one of our clients—we couldn’t ask for better outcomes.”

The OGI Culinary Skills program provides eight weeks of hands-on culinary training by professional chef Brent Southcombe, including food preparation, training in sanitation, kitchen communication, knife skills, weights and measurements and use of equipment. This training prepares students to work in a variety of settings in the food service industry, including hospitals, hotels, schools and restaurants.

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