Brainfood programs engage teens in the kitchen to build competence, confidence, and connections.

As Cooks in Training, teen participants learn fundamental culinary techniques and concepts, practice new skills through hands-on cooking in an industrial kitchen, taste a wide variety of ingredients and dishes, and explore a range of food systems topics.

Applications for our Summer Cooks in Training program are now available! Download the form below and email completed applications to

Want more details? Download our program materials below.

Executive Summary

Cooks in Training Overview

Summer Wait List Application

What students are saying:

“My favorite part about Brainfood has been making new friends.” – Cooks in Training participant

“Brainfood has encouraged me to cook more at home. I’m really busy with homework,
but lately I’ve been making more time for cooking.” – Cooks in Training participant