William & Mary Dining Services has established an apprenticeship program, in partnership with the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF). The ACFEF apprenticeship program helps individuals become expert chefs through mentorship, training and education. William & Mary Dining Services, in partnership with Sodexo, operates the largest hybrid corporate apprenticeship program in the country, which combines on-the-job training with technical classroom instruction. During the program, apprentices develop culinary skills while working full time under the mentorship of experienced chefs. At William & Mary, 30 cooks are currently participating in the apprenticeship program. In addition, 12 chefs at the university are also participating in the program, working towards higher-level certifications.
Illustration by Eric Larsen