Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Culinary Training Academy is job training for a new future

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Natasha Morrison at Culinary Training Academy photo by jacqueline kenney

Natasha Morrison’s joy is serving people and putting smiles on their faces. She experienced that joy with each plate she filled for guests at a recent event hosted by Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Culinary Training Academy. Now in the final weeks of her training, Morrison also is joyful about her path to a more abundant future.

“My dad was a chef. He could cook anything,” she said, adding that he passed away before she could learn everything about the business from him. “I am trying to walk in his footsteps and carry on his passion for food.”

After her hours as a flight attendant were cut this year, she decided the time right to hone her skills for the career she’s passionate about. Morrison and her cohorts are just the most recent group of students in the job training program that is changing lives on the Treasure Coast.

“For people like Natasha with a passion for the culinary arts, our Culinary Training Academy gives them the knowledge to turn a passion into a career,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “Food service and hospitality are some of the most in-demand job opportunities on the Treasure Coast, and this program prepares people to run food operations such as catering, banquet halls or hotels.”

The comprehensive course covers a range of topics. In addition to learning principles of cooking and how to prepare stocks, soups and sauces, students learn how to work the front and back of the house, and meet customer needs. The course also includes essential employment skills such as writing a resume, mock interviews, teamwork, and time management.

Students in the program get hands-on experience preparing food and serving guests for TCFB events and other private catered events.

 “For someone who does not know what direction their life is going, this program would be awesome,” Morrison said.

The next session begins on Jan. 11, 2020. Classes are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Deadline to apply is Jan. 8, 2020.  For more information or to apply, visit Interested in observing a class? Contact Chef Leslie Moyers directly at 772-446-1802.


Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to, visit our Facebook page at, or follow us on Twitter at

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