Emma's Torch

Emma's Torch

Emma's Torch offers career training in the culinary industry for refugees, asylees, and survivors of human trafficking. In addition to culinary training, they also provide career pathway guidance with ESL courses and interview preparation in order to help ensure employment while living in the United States.

Cooking Up Culinary Careers

Emma's Torch

Emma's Torch speaks to the power of innovative nonprofit social enterprises to transform human lives. Emma's Torch began in 2016 as a pop-up café designed to offer refugees a professional development program. In 2018, it expanded into a permanent restaurant in Brooklyn. As part of the organization's 12-week, paid training program, refugees, asylees, and survivors of human trafficking undergo over 500 hours of culinary training. This hands-on program is supplemented with weekly English courses, job readiness workshops, mock interviews, and evaluations. Students also participate in catering activities for prominent New York institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Community Foundation Gala. At the program's conclusion, participants are placed in full-time culinary positions at some of New York City's most successful restaurants. Through this innovative and intensive curriculum, Emma's Torch has transformed the lives of countless students.

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Programming - Culinary Career Apprenticeship Program


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