Sauté runs for 12 weeks with enrollment open three times a year

Sauté: Culinary job training

Sauté is an in-house culinary training program available to residents of Salt Lake and Tooele counties. Sauté helps individuals become competitive in the field of culinary arts, prepare for the workforce, and build upon their strengths to reach self-reliance for themselves and their families.

What Students Learn in Sauté

Graduates leave the program with 40 hours of hands-on training from the head chef and an applied knowledge of industry standards:

  • Cooking techniques including how to boil, braise, sauté, bake, and more
  • Kitchen sanitation and safety (complete with ServSafe® certification!)
  • Knife skills
  • Kitchen etiquette
  • How to plan cost-effective meals
  • Nutrition principles
  • Résumé and interviewing skills


How It Works

Central Kitchen holds three Sauté courses per year allowing them to train up to 72 students. The classes run four days per week for 12 weeks.

Sauté in Action

Café Evergreen

In 2014, Utah Community Action partnered with Salt Lake County to provide food services for the Evergreen Café in the Millcreek Senior Center, where students serve meals to seniors and patronsof the senior center. This café is used as a practical, temporary employment program for Sauté program graduates. Sauté classes are also offered during the day through the café. In 2019, UCA expanded this partnership to include the Draper and Midvale Senior Center Cafés.

Catering Services

Note: Our catering services have been suspended at this time

Sauté caters events for the general publicoffering practical application for banquet serving and preparation to Sauté students. Catering services also offer a revenue source for Head Start benefiting multiple programs dedicated to helping families become self-reliant.

How to Apply

Sauté is not accepting applications at this time.


Contact Us

Our catering services have been suspended at this time. Please check back later or reach out to us at for more information.

Central Kitchen Address

2825 South 200 East

Salt Lake City, UT 84115

About Sauté


The Sauté Job Training Program creates workforce development activities targeted to individuals and families with low- to moderate-income levels. The Sauté program helps achieve the following outcomes:

  • Provide quality adult education and job readiness training to low- moderate-income individuals, including enrollment, training, and ServSafe certification according to food service industry standards.
  • Achieve a 90% hire or promotion rate for Sauté graduates in the food services industry within three months of program completion.