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Are you looking for work? Inspiration Kitchens helps individuals over the age of 18 who are interested in learning to cook professionally get the skills and experience they need to build a career in the culinary industry. Our 12-week training program is free, and you can earn both your food handler and sanitation manager certificates, and receive job placement assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll?

Attend one of our free orientations, Tuesdays at 1pm, at Inspiration Kitchens, 3504 W. Lake St. in Chicago.

How much does the program cost?

The program is free. Students also receive uniforms and transportation assistance to attend classes and have their certification exams paid for.

What will I learn?

You will gain hands-on experience by training in a real restaurant, making soups, salads, sandwiches, brunch items, entrees and desserts. You will learn a variety of techniques for cooking meats, vegetables, grains and pasta, and learn professional sanitation practices.

The program also includes pre-employment skills training, addressing teamwork, communication, interviewing, and resume writing.

What kinds of jobs are available?

Graduates find jobs in restaurants, cafeterias, catering businesses, deli counters and more. The state of Illinois expects to see 5,000 job openings for cooks and food preparation workers a year. People can learn on the job and advance through hard work, without having to pay for an expensive education.

How long is the program?

The program is 12 weeks long. Students are in class 6 hours each day.


Students who pass the tests will receive the Illinois Food Handlers Certificate and the City of Chicago and State of Illinois Food Service Sanitation Managers Certificates.

Graduate Services

All graduates in good standing receive job placement assistance. Most graduates are eligible for placement in transitional jobs at Inspiration Corporation or with other employers.

Need more information?

Please fill out the form below, and we will contact you. Come to an in-person orientation every Tuesday at 1 pm at Inspiration Kitchens, 3504 W. Lake St. in Chicago.