First Course NYC Information Session

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First Course NYC Information Session

Learn more about First Course NYC, a program that teaches the skills necessary for a career as a restaurant cook.

By NYC Department of Small Business Services

When and where

Date and time

February 10, 2022 · 12pm - August 30 · 3pm PST



About this event

First Course NYC is not a cooking class - this program is for eligible New Yorkers who are passionate about starting their career in a restaurant kitchen, and are willing and able to commit to full-time training and restaurant work.

Eight weeks of intensive pre-employment training will prepare you to begin work as a paid, full-time employee in a restaurant kitchen where you will continue to learn while working and earning. The program team and your restaurant supervisors will provide the support and guidance needed to help overcome challenges to success.

Trainees who prove they are committed, dependable employees by the end of the program will advance to become a permanent employee in a starting cook position best suited to their skill level. Success is up to you!

Interested? Attend a virtual info session where you will learn more about the program requirements and receive a link to complete an online program application. If your application is accepted, you will be invited to participate in an in-person Tryout Day and interview at a partnering restaurant.

You will need to attend an info session to apply.

To learn more, visit

About the organizer

The NYC Department of Small Business Services helps unlock economic potential and create economic security for all New Yorkers by connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building thriving neighborhoods across the five boroughs.

You can register for all of our free events and courses, including BE NYC and WE NYC events on Eventbrite. For questions about individual courses or to register over the phone, please contact our staff at one of our NYC Business Solutions Centers.

For more information on all of our services, call 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692) or visit