About Our Program
Manna’s Culinary Program was established in 2014 as a way to help people gain the necessary skills to secure a job in the food service industry. Culinary Manager Heather Hinsley offers a 10-week course with teachings by guest chefs from our community. Partnerships with local resources offer services with weekly classroom presentations. The program is open to the community and Manna clients. Upon completion of the program, students receive a Certificate of Completion and their two-year CO state recognized Food Handlers Certificate. By combining cooking skills and baking skills obtained in our commercial kitchen, as well as life skills taught in our classroom, graduates are taking those next steps in life toward successful independence. Students can expect to jump start long-term employment through discipline and determination.
Jumpstart Your Career With Us
Become a Student
Our classes are small – only 8 students per class – so that we can offer the personal attention needed to help you achieve success. There are two classes every year, fall and spring. The total cost to attend is $1,000 with scholarships and payment plans available. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with local chefs as well as take part in exciting catering events. Contact us today to learn more about our Culinary Arts Program.
Did you know that we offer catering to those working hard to better our community? Call us about your next event and let’s talk food. We also sell our delicious chocolate chip cookies and deliver them to your establishment. Get started now by reaching out to us. Even more, we have a conference space for rent, equipped with food prepared by our students. Schedule your next meeting with us in our beautiful culinary facility.
Support Our Program
Part of Manna’s long-term goals is to help people gain greater self-sufficiency. Many of our students need help covering their tuition in order to get started in that direction. Consider sponsoring a culinary student so that they may gain the skills necessary to enter the food industry. Together, we can prepare people for the workforce and build a stronger more vibrant economy, which enhances the lives of everyone.
Changing Lives One Student at a Time
Jericho Fields graduated high school at age 15. After graduating, some tragic events sent Jericho on a quest for greater meaning. He traveled the country in search of himself and some peace of mind. Part of his travels involved the extraordinary undertaking of hiking the Colorado Trail, which landed him in Durango. By the end of his journey, he was a well-traveled and educated person who also was combating addiction and homelessness. That’s when he found Manna and met Chef McKenzie.
He entered the Manna Culinary Program in the spring of 2016 and graduated that May. As part of the Culinary Program’s offerings, he secured a job with Toshi’s – An Organic Kitchen. Jericho shares, “The program at Manna is engaging, hands-on and personable. I enjoyed the level of independence we were given halfway through the class to create our own recipes. It also felt good knowing what was coming next. From the minute I walked in the door, to the moment I left, everything was planned out, much like the real workings of a commercial kitchen. It was also fun. And learning a variety of cooking methods and styles from guest chefs made it really special.”