New Chef Application Form (2018-2019)
Sanctuary Kitchen is a program of CitySeed. We provide opportunities for refugees, asylees and immigrants resettled in Greater New Haven to earn money through cooking events. These events include teaching cooking classes and preparing food for community dinners and special events. With the help of interpreters, chefs (or experienced cooks) have a chance to share their culture and culinary talents with guests in order to help build connections and increase understanding in our community.

Last year, chefs from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Mexico and the Democratic Republic of Congo took turns participating in Sanctuary Kitchen events. For Hands-on Cooking Classes, chefs taught 12-15 guests how to prepare traditional dishes. At Supper Clubs, chefs prepared dinner for 15-20 guests hosted by community members. During both kinds of events, guests, cooks and interpreters sat together to share food and conversation.

The time commitment is flexible; we give turns to participating chefs based on his/her availability, the events scheduled and cuisine requested. Proceeds from events go to supporting chefs and our programs.

There is a limited number of spots available to join our program in 2018-2019. Please complete and submit this application and our Team will be in touch.

For questions, or if you’d prefer to have a phone interview with the help of an interpreter, please email: SanctuaryKitchen@cityseed.org, with subject line: “New Chefs Application”.

Email address *
Full Name *
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Address: *
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Phone Number *
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Best way to contact you *
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How well do you speak English? (check as many as apply) *
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What is your native language (the language you speak from your home country)? *
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City and Country of Origin (Where were you born?) *
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Did you come to the U.S. as a (check one) *
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How long have you been in the United States? *
Are you presently taking English classes: *
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When did you start cooking? *
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How many years of experience do you have cooking? *
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What is the largest number of people you have cooked for? *
Please list 4 traditional appetizers or side dishes that you make best: *
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Please list 3 traditional entree or main dishes that you make the best - one must be vegetarian (no meat) *
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Please list 3 traditional desserts that you make the best : *
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What are you favorite spices to cook with? *
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What is your favorite memory of cooking? *
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What type of involvement would you like to have with Sanctuary Kitchen? Please choose as many as apply: *
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Why are you interested in cooking with Sanctuary Kitchen? *
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Availability: Our events occur on weekdays and weekends. When are you available? (Please check all that apply) *
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Current Employment *
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If employed: Where are you employed? What is your job title? What are your responsibilities? *
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Transportation *
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Permission to Photograph: Sanctuary Kitchen takes photographs at events, which include photographs of the chefs, guests and food. Do we have permission to photograph your face and post on social media and for marketing? (Please check all that apply) *
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Your background: What did you do in your home country before coming to the United States? *
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Who did you come to the United States with? (Please check as many as apply) *
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The Sanctuary Kitchen Team believes that talking together helps to to make friends, build community and increase mutual understanding. At events, guests are very interested in learning about the chefs - their cooking and their culture. They are also interested in their experiences coming to the U.S. and resettling here. The event discussions are led by a Sanctuary Kitchen Team member along with an interpreter. Would you feel comfortable talking about these topics? *
Please share anything else you'd like us to know. Please include any questions you may have. Thank you! *
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