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Western Cooking Class (WCC)

About the Class


The Western Cooking Class (WCC) is an 18-week intensive training program focusing on the general study of cooking and related culinary arts to prepare individuals for a variety of jobs with the food service industry. Coursework is centered upon current food and beverage industry standards of food preparation, cooking and plating techniques, equipment operations and maintenance, sanitation and safety, communication skills, applicable regulations, and principles of food service management.


Training course content includes

  • Knowledge of technical culinary terminology and overview of French, Italian, Spanish and American cuisines including history, culture, customs, etc.

  • Ingredient preparation of meats, seafood, vegetables and dry foods

  • Proper handling, measurement and usage of various spices and sauces

  • Knife cutting skills and techniques for cooking and presentation

  • Preparation of soups, stocks, hot and cold sauces

  • Proper handling of baking equipment and ingredients

  • Cooking methods such as deep-frying, braising, scalding, and steaming

  • Knowledge of proper hygiene, food safety standards, and kitchen safety and sanitation


Students who have completed our program currently work at Whole Foods, Sodexo, Bon Appetit, Pacific Union Club, SFUSD, General Hospital, Safeway, Lemonade and other local restaurants and establishments. Looking to hire our students? Let us know here!

Program Details

Upcoming Start Date: TBD

Program Length: 18 Weeks

Class Times: Monday to Friday, 9:00AM to 1:00PM

Language of Instruction: English


To be eligible for the Western Cooking Class, you must be:

  • A legal U.S. resident with authority to work in the U.S. (i.e. valid Social Security Card)

  • 18+ years or older

  • ESL Level 4 or above

  • Looking to change professions or find employment

Fees & Funding

The total charge for the WCC program is $5,500. This amount covers the full period of attendance (18 weeks).


Qualified students can have their tuition and fees subsidized by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD). Students who do not qualify for subsidies but are otherwise eligible to enroll in our programs may do so if the total charge is paid in full by the first day of the program session.

Full Amount
Subsidized Amount

How to Apply

To apply for our upcoming Wwestern Cooking Class, please visit our office at 747 Commercial Street to complete an enrollment application. If you have any questions about this program, feel free to call us at 415-989-8224 or email us at

Charity Cultural Services Center

747 Commercial Street

San Francisco, CA 94108


Office Hours:

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

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