New Hope Enterprises

Cooking Up a Culinary Arts Partnership

New Hope STRIVE graduates now have the option of continuing on to a 12-week course in Culinary Arts. In partnership with Westside Works and Levy Restaurants, students are introduced to kitchen safety protocols, international cuisine, baking and pastry, and restaurant simulations. Graduates have a path to employment through Levy Restaurants venues, as well as dining establishments throughout metro Atlanta.

NHE’s first Culinary Arts students graduated on May 18 in the Georgia Dome Owner’s Club teaching facility. Each graduate provided a pièce de resistance for tasting, from flambé to fricassee. Graduates were emotional as they thanked their “food family” for helping them through the demanding program. NHE graduate Romayne Marrett said, “I have always cooked well, but I really learned the right techniques. It was a lot harder than I expected, but I stayed with it, and Chef Juliet was the best! Thank everyone who has donated to make this program possible.”

NHE’s job-skills training program has grown quickly since 2009, based on the successful STRIVE International model: this proven and nationally-recognized program has prepared people for the workplace for over 30 years. New Hope participants are aged 18-62, and receive scholarships funded by private donations.

Photo: From left: Graduates Romayne Marrett and Rolanda Gardner flank Juliet Peters, Culinary Arts Instructor (Levy Restaurants)