Sous Chef Certification Course

10 Lessons / 6 Weeks Program

For Teens

Sous Chef Certification Course

10 Lessons / 6 Weeks Program For Teens.

Creating a passion for the Culinary Profession in our Youth today will shape their future for many generations to come.

Our Certificate of Completion Course will embrace introductory to advance culinary skills need to begin a life-long career in the Culinary Industry. Our Junior Chefs meet twice per week to learn new and exciting techniques.

Program Details

There are 5-weeks, with a final week for graduation.

Students will receive a Safe Staff Certificate through Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, free membership to the Anerican Culinary Federation, and recruitment opportunities to work in the participating sponsoring restaurants upon graduation.

Professional Training

Our Junior Sous Chef Certification Course will be taught by Professional Executive Chefs in the Tampa Bay Area that have a combination of over 30 years in the Food Industry.

Media Coverage

Our Teens In The News

The Mystery Basket Graduation

The Classroom Encounter

Our Grand Opening For The Program (started in 2021)

We were at the The Stone Soup Company and had a fantastic time!

As Ilya watched many restaurants over the years throw away 25-30% of their ingredients this always bothered him and he vowed that at The Stone Soup Company this will never happen. So an interesting concept was born one week before opening the restaurant. All unused produce is made into a vegetable soup and donated to local Tampa Bay Harvest for redistribution. For every cup of soup sold in the restaurant, a cup of soup is donated at the end of the week. Grants are being applied for and this program will continue to grow. It’s the hope of Ilya and his staff that the idea catches on at other restaurants and more Stone Soup can be made in the Tampa Community.

All 9 Sous Chefs worked with their new Chefs and Instructors for the class to make a vegetable soup with chicken. In combination with The Stone Soup Company and Junior Chefs of America this soup was donated to the homeless. Way to go Sous Chefs!


Will You Be The Next Graduate?

Our Graduating Class in 2022

Our Graduating Class in 2023

Graduation Ceremony:

Marriott Westshore Tampa
July 28, 2024

Grand Ballroom

1001 N. Westshore Blvd, Tampa, Florida 33607

Students, Mentors, Sponsors, Register Below

1. Apply For Full Scholarship

Sponsorships are avaialble with a 500-word essay and becoming a volunteer with JCOA. Sponsorships are provided by sponsoring restaurants. Final decisions will be made by May 15th. (Hurry!! Limited to 10 students per year!!)

2. Early Bird Registration ($499)

Register by March 31st, 2024 to get $300 scholarship upon checkout. Payment plans are available for all paid registrations.

3. Participant Registration ($799)

Standard participant registration after April 1st, 2024. Payment plans are available for all paid registrations.

4. Mentors And Sponsors

The Reaching Back To Pull Forward Campaign

Each year our graduation is held at

Mystery Basket Sponsor

Our 2023 Sponsors

2023 Keynote Speakers at Graduation

Chef Gaston D. Merideth

Chef Peter
Executive Chef, Private Chef of Tampa

To all Sous Chef Parents / Guardians,

Please complete both of the waiver forms here. All sous chef participants must have these forms completed prior the first day of class. This year our class begins June 6th.

For the scheduled classes please refer to your handouts. 
Or contact our school at (813) 408 1078.

Sous Chef Certification Participation Waiver Form

Sous Chef Equipment Waiver Form (to be completed BEFORE the program)

Sous Chef Equipment Returned Form (to be completed AFTER the program)

Media Coverage

To all Sous Chef Students,

This is the portal where you will upload your homework and your extra credit assignments. Please note, homework is due by 11.59pm each Friday after the current week’s lessons.

Any homework assignment turned in after 11:59pm on that Friday will be considered late, and will go against your final grading session.

Homework & Extra Credit

Assignment Portal 

Mentor Connect

Equipment Return Form

Classroom Check In

Join The Cause

All donations are tax deductable, your receipt will serve as a your tax document.