Sauté runs for 12 weeks and is available year-round to Head Start parents

Sauté: Culinary job training for Head Start parents

Sauté is an in-house culinary training program available to the parents of Head Start children. Sauté helps parents become competitive in the field of culinary arts, prepare for the workforce, and build upon their strengths to reach self-sufficiency for the whole family.

Why Sauté

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Although not required, certification can show competence and lead to advancement and higher pay.” As of 2017 the median annual wage for chefs and head cooks was $45,950.* Unfortunately, the high cost of a traditional culinary education ($40,000 per year or more) puts it well out of reach for Head Start families.

When surveyed in 2011, roughly 90% of Head Start parents and guardians showed an interest in adult education and job training. To connect parents with this training, Head Start developed the Sauté Head Start Culinary Job Training Program, which helps parents and guardians significantly increase their wage-earning potential, get stable jobs in the food service industry, improve nutrition in the home, and become self-sufficient.

Sauté has an ambitious goal: To help 90% of students get hired or promoted, in the food service industry, within three months of graduating.

 *Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

What Parents 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

The Head Start Central Kitchen holds three Sauté courses per year allowing them to train up to 72 Head Start parents. 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 create the Evergreen Café in the Millcreek Recreation Center, where students serve meals to seniors and clientele of the rec 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.

Catering Services

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-sufficient.

How to Apply

Sauté is available in Salt Lake and Tooele counties to any parent or legal guardian of a child enrolled in Head Start. To apply for Sauté, fill out our online application.

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Visit the Head Start program page to learn more or complete an application for your child.

Contact Us

To request catering for your event, please contact us at

Please include the following:

  • The date and time of the event.
  • The type of event.
  • The number of people.
  • Known Allergens

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 Head Start parents and guardians, 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.