Culinary Training Academy

There are nearly 2,000 open culinary jobs in Nashville right now. The time is perfect to begin your culinary career.

The Culinary Training Academy prepares you to work in food service jobs in Nashville’s thriving hospitality industry, including hotels and restaurants. 

The intensive, 8-week program and focuses on experiential learning in a working commercial kitchen located at the Catholic Charities at C. E. McGruder in North Nashville.

You will learn:

  • Commercial kitchen operations and safety
  • Nutrition and food product basics
  • Knife skills
  • Culinary math skills
  • Preparation and cooking techniques
  • Teamwork and problem solving
  • Expected work traits and kitchen communication fundamentals
  • Financial literacy and budgeting

The program also includes off-site field trips that allow students to see the skills they are learning being used in a commercial kitchen.

CTA staff will assist you with interviews and job placement as part of the program.

The academy is certified by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Many CTA students choose to continue their education at Nashville State Community College following graduation.


The Culinary Training Academy requires an affordable registration fee. Financial assistance is available to students who qualify. 

Apply to the Culinary Training Academy

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Greg Gabis, Workforce Development Coordinator

2013 25th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37208

(615) 352-3087