How the Culinary Training Program Changed the Life of a Homeless Student

Graduate student Theodore RiffeSince its inception, the Culinary Training Program has always been about helping qualified, at-risk and economically disadvantaged Central Florida adults gain a set of life and culinary skills they can use to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry. It is a 14-week program provided at no charge and designed to assist students with the barriers that have been preventing them from achieving success.

As every class comes to a close, we are always proud of our students as they leave the program into stable jobs or decide to further their education, and take that second chance in life for the better. One example of this is Theodore (Teddy) Riffe from Class 12 in the Culinary Training Program.

“The Second Harvest Culinary Training Program took a person who was homeless and without direction and set him on the path for success.  This program has changed my life by teaching me the skills needed to be a great chef. 

The staff and teachers put in every effort to help me be a better man and assisted me in getting gainful employment.  I’m currently employed as a Line Cook at the Grand Bohemian Hotel and have a career I love! This is a great program where the chefs and staff members are amazing and really care about me. I will be forever thankful for everyone at Second Harvest.” 

Congrats, Teddy! You are doing a great job, and we are wishing you continued success in both your life and career.

If you are interested in signing up for our Culinary Training Program, find out more information here.


Melissa Kear
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