EWDD staffer Gary De La Rosa fills up his plate at the LAHTA Culinary Apprenticeship Buffet
Serving up flavorful dishes including Coq au Vin and Chicken Fricassee Supreme, 16 students from the Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy (LAHTA) Culinary Apprenticeship Program showcased their skills at a gourmet lunch buffet Tuesday August 14, 2018.

EWDD General Manager Jan Perry and City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) Executive Director Gregg Irish attended, along with EWDD staff and representatives from workforce partners.

EWDD and the WDB help finance LAHTA programs with grant funding.

“We’re developing cooks who are ready to step into the workforce,” said Chef Mitchell Frieder, lead LAHTA instructor of the seven week program, which prepares participants to become line cooks at large hospitality employers throughout Los Angeles.

Shamia Goodloe, 28, always had a passion for cooking and previously used her culinary skills cooking for her family and her church. Being part of the program has allowed her to pursue a culinary career.

“It’s changed my life,” said Shamia, who was recently hired to work full-time in the kitchen of Planet Hollywood in the Tom Bradley Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). “I think I found what I’m going to be doing for the next 30 years.”

Several orientations are scheduled between now and November 2018 for the next Culinary Apprenticeship Program Training as well as many other service industry careers. Visit LAHTA.org to learn more.

Also discover the various programs and benefits offered through EWDD Employment Services and WorkSource Centers. Your next step is waiting.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 8/13/2018. Read this issue and more.